PHILADELPHIA - Comedian Bill Cosby has won the right to fight his 2018 sexual assault conviction before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The 82-year-old Cosby has been imprisoned in suburban Philadelphia for nearly two years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
He’s serving a three- to 10-year sentence.
The Supreme Court has agreed to review two aspects of the case that Cosby’s lawyers challenge.
The first involves the judge’s decision to let prosecutors call five other accusers. And the court will examine Cosby’s argument that he had an agreement with a former prosecutor that he’d never be charged.
"The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has narrowed the issues on appeal, limiting them to prior bad acts and the sovereign edict. We look forward to briefing and arguing these issues and remain confident in the Trial Court and Superior Court’s previous decisions," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
The victim in the case, Andrea Constand, reacted by calling the women who testified true heroes and said she believes the Supreme Court will do the right thing and "not allow Cosby's wealth, fame and fortune to win an escape from his malignant and downright criminal past."
Local defense attorney John Waldron has followed the case closely.
"They agreed to hear the case which is one positive step for the defense. They don't agree all the time to take the case. In some ways it's rare for the Supreme Court to accept a case," Waldron said.
The Supreme Court can decide to overturn the conviction or send it back for a re-trial. But first both sides still need to present their case.