Bill Cosby‘s petition for parole was denied earlier this month, a result that his spokesperson said was expected because the disgraced comedian refuses to admit guilt for the sex crime has convicted of.
The Pennsylvania Parole Board confirmed the denial of Cosby’s petition happened on May 11 and said in a statement that the prisoner did not comply with requirements that are part of the pre-parole-petitioning process. In particular, Cosby did not participate in therapy for people convicted of violent sexual crimes. In fact, the Pennsylvania Parole Board said, if Cosy wants to be considered for parole again, he needs to complete therapy, Reuters reported.
But Cosby’s rep says that’s only part of the real story. Andrew Wyatt used Cosby’s Instagram account to post a statement Thursday afternoon addressing the new reports of parole being denied and offered some context.
He said the news was “not a surprise” and said Cosby’s “innocence” is keeping him participating in the prison therapy.
“It was brought to our attention by Mr. Cosby that over the past months, members of the PA State Parole Board had met with him and empathically stated, ‘if he did not participate in SVP [Sexually Violent Predator] courses that his parole would be denied,’” the statement said in part. “Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him, as being false, without the sheer evidence of any proof.”
Cosby, 83, has already served more than two of his three- to 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of sexual assault in 2018.
In December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court seemed open to Cosby’s appeal to have his sentence thrown out during a hearing about the admissibility of the jury that convicted him hearing centered on “prior bad acts” testimony from accusers who were not plaintiffs in the case that stemmed from his own deposition that eventually prompted criminal charges.
The Court was restricted to only reviewing two facets of witness testimony during Cosby’s two criminal trials, including the infamous 2006 deposition during which he claimed then-Montgomery County prosecutor Bruce Castor offered him immunity in exchange for testimony. Cosby’s lawyers maintain that he never would have testified had he known his words would be used against him in court, which they say amounts to a violation of his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
“I tend to agree this evidence was extraordinarily prejudicial to your client,” Justice Max Baer told Cosby’s attorney during the hearing.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices disagreed with each other about whether witness testimony about Cosby established “a pattern.”
Cosby’s appeal for his verdict to be reviewed was accepted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court nearly a year ago. The development suggested Cosby’s conviction could ultimately be overturned.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court could take months to return a decision. Still, the statement released Thursday on Cosby’s Instagram said he “continues to remain hopeful that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion to vacate his conviction or warrant him a new trial.”
Assisted Living For Old Felons: Photos From Bill Cosby's New Prison Homes
1. SCI Phoenix Prison
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.@CorrectionsPA says Bill Cosby will stay at SCI Phoenix in Skippack, Montgomery County to serve his 3-10 year prison sentence. DOC says “He is being housed in a single cell in a unit adjacent to the infirmary.” @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/8LZlOZ75Db— Jim Melwert (@JMelwert) September 26, 2018
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“Our quest to create a humane space where we can bring about positive change and keep communities safe.” - Rev. Ulli Klemm. SCI Phoenix dedication. pic.twitter.com/CiGrwDFHGz— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) June 2, 2018
3. Cosby's prison mates at SCI Phoenix
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The move from Graterford to Phoenix has resumed. Here's a picture from 7/14/18. Inmates moving into the west side of the facility - SCI Phoenix has East & West sides separated by centrally-shared areas - food services, work, education, treatment, etc. pic.twitter.com/saM9QwmCH5— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) July 15, 2018
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This is where Bill Cosby is going to prison Bill Cosby will serve three to 10 years for sexual assault at SCI Phoenix in Pennsylvania. Here's a look inside the maximum-security prison. https://t.co/E2A5xn3ezF #Video #USRC pic.twitter.com/zLrHvTHwkC— Top U.S. & World News🗽 (@USRealityCheck) September 26, 2018
7. SCI Phoenix Prison
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Good morning from SCI Phoenix, the state prison in eastern Pennsylvania where inmate William Henry Cosby spent the night.— A-riff-on Frankenstein (@AFrancoTX) September 26, 2018
Prison officials tell us he got a jumpsuit, blanket, sheets and a hygiene kit just like every other inmate. #CosbySentencing pic.twitter.com/qXA0qzTq3Y
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I’m at SCI Phoenix where Bill Cosby is spending his first night as a convicted sex-offender. Prison staff tell me he’s finishing up his dinner of baked meatballs with rice, whipped potatoes, green beans and gravy. #CosbySentencing #cosbysentence #Cosby @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/uVkkLqMXHm— Denise Nakano (@NakanoDenise) September 26, 2018
10. SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 10 of 20
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16. Wheelchair Bound Prisoner Gazing Across SCI Laurel Highlands Prison YardSource:Getty 16 of 20
17. Older Prisoner in Hospital Room at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 17 of 20
18. Older Prisoners in Wheelchairs at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 18 of 20
19. SCI Laurel Highlands Prison
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Informative tour at Laurel Highlands SCI today with Judiciary Committee pic.twitter.com/4HbzFVZp36— Sheryl M. Delozier (@RepDelozier) August 10, 2016
Denied Parole, Bill Cosby’s ‘Innocence’ Is Keeping Him From Mandatory Sexual Predator Therapy was originally published on newsone.com