Bill Cosby’s defense attorneys declare he is legally blind in a new motion filed in a Pennsylvania court, and they argue that the impairment will hamper his ability to defend himself at his criminal trial.
In a footnote within the motion filed Thursday, Cosby’s attorneys say he is “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 — and has registered with the state Commission. A copy of a doctor’s report will be provided at the next hearing in the case, set for Tuesday.
Cosby faces three charges of felony indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University.
Defense attorneys say 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.”