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Bill Cosby's lawyers ask his release from jail due to COVID-19

Published By Alexandra Heilbron on Mar 25, 2020

Bill Cosby photo courtesy Wikimedia CommonsBill Cosby's lawyers want him released from the State Correctional Institution - Phoenix in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where he's serving three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

They're asking on the basis that at least one officer at the prison has tested positive for the coronavirus. The disgraced 82-year-old comedian would likely serve house arrest at his 9,000-square-foot mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump announced he was considering issuing an executive order to release elderly, nonviolent offenders from federal prisons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cosby's lawyers claim he is a perfect example of an inmate who should be released.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told the New York Post's news/gossip column Page Six, which broke the story today: "Bill Cosby is no detriment or danger to the community. He can’t go anywhere, he is elderly, he is blind. He can stay under house arrest with an ankle bracelet, as he did before, with his wife taking care of him. Let him do his time at home.”

Wyatt added that they were not asking for his release "because he is Bill Cosby, our concern is that he is 82, he is blind and has close contact with workers who take him to his medical appointments every day in a wheelchair, they take him for his meals and clean his cell. If they get infected, they could pass it on to him.”

According to a CNBC.com report on Tuesday (March 24), the state of New York plans to release approximately 300 nonviolent prisoners from Rikers Island, where Harvey Weinstein is believed to have caught COVID-19 before being transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo. Weinstein, who is now in isolation at Wende, is not currently being considered for release. ~Alexandra Heilbron


Comments & Discussion

  1. brian • 3/26/2020 11:05:14 AM

    Cosby is non-violent ? Really !!! I love his comedy , but let him serve ALL his time----his victims have a LIFE sentence.

  2. Terry • 3/26/2020 11:12:26 AM

    NO WAY!! His life is no more valuable than any other low life prisoner in there with him. Why does this moron always expect special privileges --- the severity of his crimes has obviously not sunk in because of his blatant lack of remorse & self righteousness. You made your jail bed Cosby --- you f'n lay in it.

  3. Karen • 3/26/2020 11:13:01 AM

    I bet if it was Trumps daughter , he wouldn’t be so willing to set him free

  4. Bob • 3/26/2020 11:20:51 AM

    Under is way of thinking, we should release ALL prisoners. Bill...you did the crime, now do the time. Everyone in our society that are outside prisons are also surrounded by people that may be positive with this virus but are taking precautions to keep their distance. Do the same Bill. Stay in your cell if you want a distance from the guards.

  5. Mariana • 3/26/2020 11:22:33 AM

    He's a pretty sad case. I would say let him hang out at home, except for the fact that he's been so unrepentant that he doesn't deserve it.

  6. Barbara Muszik • 3/26/2020 2:25:17 PM

    NO FREAKEN WAY! This rapist who thinks he is above the law should rot & die in jail where he belongs!!!!! That stupid bleeding heart Trump will side with anyone because he has felt up women for years. Cosby just wants to die at home that's what the real issue is, I'll bet my last dollar!! I don't feel sorry for him not ONE iota because he thinks he is invincible like too many who have gotten away with this abuse of women or men! Their star power goes to their heads and creates hugh egos!! Thank God for the judges they are starting to see these actors can and will commit such atrocious crimes!! Why put the victims through more bull####. I say leave him in jail!!!!

  7. S Nicholson • 3/26/2020 6:35:31 PM

    Let him rot in prison

  8. David • 3/26/2020 7:07:51 PM

    I say let him out. It's not like he can hurt anyone else. Keeping him in prision is a drain on resources better used to fight covid19.

  9. CSikina • 3/26/2020 8:45:29 PM

    Let him do his time in jail, he does not deserve to go home to die.

  10. Doug • 3/27/2020 3:58:10 AM

    You stipid idiots, stop comparing him to serial killers. What is he going to do now at 82 and blind?

  11. Catherine L. • 3/27/2020 9:48:17 AM

    This is for "David". The point is not if he will hurt anyone if he is let out. The point is that he does NOT deserve to die in his comfy mansion. He deserves to end his wasted despicable life behind bars and ALONE. No sympathy for this little s..t. You can't honestly believe that releasing him would free up any useful resources in order to save someone else. Give me a break.

  12. Ross Murray • 3/27/2020 8:59:57 PM

    No. And I speak as one who loved his work. So much was wonderful. But it turned out that - apparently - all along he was committing high crimes. This means he should have been in jail long ago and none of that work should exist. It finally caught up to him. Let him remain in prison and let his work remain only as a matter of historical record.

  13. justsaying • 3/28/2020 5:36:23 PM

    All prisons should be required to convert what ever space is necessary to areas of quarantine. We're doing our part, let them do theirs.

  14. Ulysses • 3/29/2020 2:42:47 PM

    I bet you all claim to be pro-life. Amazing how people ignore facts about one person, but they go hard on another despite the lack of evidence. They aren’t releasing because of good behavior. They are releasing to prevent continued spread and contamination, dummies. I bet you all think the virus dies, when the body dies. That’s when the disease will multiply, then disposing without spilling infected fluids and prevent the virus from becoming airborne. All of which can be minimized by reducing and treating the infected people. Heaven forbid, it mutates because we wanted to pretend like it wasn’t going to affect us and waited too long. Shame, still can’t get tested in America.

  15. linda • 3/30/2020 3:18:35 AM

    well he didn't kill anyone i was raped when i was 3 and it didn't ruin me it made me a stronger person and a more observant one he may have hurt someones feelings but what were they doing to be in that position anyway the girl apparently went there on her own and took what ever he gave her i feel she was as much to blame as anyone


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