Bill Cosby Still Fighting For Early Release - His Lawyer Says He Wouldn't Survive COVID-19
Some have wondered how the prison system will manage to keep inmates safe as the coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout correctional institutions.
With inadequate numbers of staff, including those who have contracted COVID-19 themselves, it may become increasingly difficult to take care of prisoners, at least until the illness subsides and the US government lifts the lock-down measures.
Many inmates have been clamoring for an early release, hoping to instead, be permitted to serve out the rest of their sentences at home in confinement. Tekashi 6ix9ine was recently let out of prison and Billy McFarland, the Fyre Festival organizer, has also pleaded for an early release.
Bill Cosby, on the other hand, hasn't been allowed an early release. Thus far, he and his rep, Andrew V. Wyatt, have been fighting to get him out of jail, but the judge has denied every single request.
Cosby's spokesperson, Wyatt, released a statement to NBC News recently in which he explained his client's unlikelihood of surviving a COVID-19 contraction. As most know, Cosby is 82-years-old and has several health problems, so he is among the most susceptible to death.
According to Hot New Hip Hop, the incarcerated comedian - who was convicted of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand - takes medication for high blood pressure, suffers from glaucoma and also quasi-blocked arteries.
Furthermore, Bill had to get two surgeries so his heart wouldn't stop beating. Wyatt, in his statement, asked Governor Wolf if he could be allowed out of prison due to his current medical condition. He stated that the comic wasn't given a "life sentence or a death sentence," therefore, he shouldn't have to die behind bars.
In recent news, Governor Wolf allowed certain prisoners to be sent home for confinement or to different facilities. However, Cosby was not one of those individuals. The disgraced comedian isn't the only celebrity to ask for an early release on account of the coronavirus either.
R. Kelly, the embattled R&B singer, asked to be let out of jail earlier this year, but the Savage family were among many who strongly advised against it.