In its ruling, the Superior Court upheld the right of prosecutors to call other accusers to bolster their case — the same issue that was fought over in pre-trial hearings before movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial. "This decision is a reminder that no one is above the law," Andrea Constand, the victim in Cosby's case, said. Cosby's lawyers in his appeal said the suburban Philadelphia judge had improperly allowed the five women to testify at last year's retrial although he'd let just one woman testify at the first trial in 2017. Bill Cosby has lost his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction. Picture: AFP Source:AFP But the Superior Court said Pennsylvania law allows the testimony if it shows Cosby had a "signature" pattern of drugging and molesting women. "Here, the (prior bad act) evidence established appellant's unique sexual assault playbook," the court said, noting that "no two events will ever be identical." The court went on to say that the similarities were no accident. "Not only did the (prior bad act) evidence tend to establish a predictable pattern of criminal sexual behaviour unique to appellant, it simultaneously tended to undermine any claim that appellant was unaware of… Read full this story
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