Bill Cosby’s ever-evolving legal team is shape-shifting once more, with several central Pennsylvania lawyers entering new appearances on his behalf.
As the convicted comedian pursues an appeal, Brian Perry and Kristen Weisenberger entered appearances on Oct. 12 in Cosby’s criminal assault case in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. They practice at Perry Shore Weisenberger & Zemlock, a five-lawyer Harrisburg firm focused on criminal defense, where Perry is the managing partner. They did not return a call seeking comment Monday.
Meanwhile, West Chester-based Joseph P. Green has withdrawn his appearance in the criminal case. Green began representing Cosby after his criminal retrial in April, when he was found guilty of aggravated indecent assault. He saw Cosby through the sentencing process, along with local appellate lawyer Peter Goldberger.
Also in Montgomery County, Cosby has attained new representation in a civil case brought by his former counsel. Cumberland County lawyers Vincent Champion and Kayla Rost of Champion Law Office entered appearances Oct. 12 as well, the civil docket shows. Champion did not return a call for comment Monday.
In that case, law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis is suing Cosby for failing to pay legal fees. The firm is seeking more than $282,000.
Green’s name still appears on that docket as well. He did not return a call seeking comment Monday.
A jury convicted Cosby of aggravated indecent assault in April based on Andrea Constand’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her in 2004. In September, he was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison.
Earlier this month, Goldberger filed on his behalf a post-sentence motion to reconsider, and for a new trial. He alleges that an audio recording used at trial, which captured a 2005 phone conversation between Cosby and Constand’s mother, was not authentic and should not have been admitted at trial. Cosby also argued that Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who sentenced him and presided over trial, should have recused from the case because of his past interactions with former District Attorney Bruce Castor, who testified at a key pretrial hearing.
After the retrial, Cosby did away with his trial team, which was led by California lawyer Tom Mesereau and Nevada lawyer Kathleen Bliss, and also included appellate lawyer Becky James and local counsel Lane Vines. He had an entirely different team at his first trial, led by Brian McMonagle and California lawyer Angela Agrusa.