As you know, Bill Cosby faces three charges of felony indecent assault and 10 years in prison stemming from an alleged 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand, who claims the Cosby Show star drugged and violated her.
In a new motion filed in Pennsylvania court on Thursday, the attorneys for the 79-year-old argued the actor's visual impairment will make him unable to defend himself at his criminal trial.
In a footnote of the motion, the defamed actor's reps claim Cosby has registered with a state commission as "legally blind," which means he has a vision of 20/200 or less in the better eye, according to the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.
This, they say, will make it impossible for Bill to identify his many accusers in court.
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He will supposedly provide a doctor's report to the court at the pretrial, which is set to begin November 1.
According to CNN, Cosby's lawyer stated:
"No 79-year-old blind man could possibly defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago."
"Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defenses and gather exculpatory evidence."
Further, the defense argued:
"[The prosecutors] have chosen to turn this case into a platform for Mr. Cosby's other accusers to air their even staler, long-ago time-barred claims that were never reported to authorities."
We'll keep you updated next week at the beginning of the pretrial.
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