News Bill Cosby will stand trial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania

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    A bid by Bill Cosby's lawyers to have the sexual-assault charges against the entertainer dismissed was rejected by a judge here Wednesday evening, clearing the way for a trial.

    The judge, Steven O'Neill, said that be found “no basis to grant the relief request” by the attorneys. They had mounted a case over the past two days arguing that former Montgomery County District Atty. Bruce Castor had made a non-prosecution agreement with the comedian’s lawyer more than a decade ago.

    Cosby has been charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 interaction involving drugs and alcohol with former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand.

    The entertainer sat stoically as the judge read the decision, then talked quietly to an aide while lawyers huddled behind him. A preliminary hearing has been set for March 8.

    O'Neill did not elaborate on how he came to Wednesday's ruling. But throughout the two days he frequently expressed skepticism about the defense's claim of an oral agreement that had never been formalized and was known only by Castor and the late Cosby lawyer Walter Phillips.

    "There's no other witness to the promise,” he told the defense. “The rabbit is in the hat and you want me at this point to assume, 'Hey, the promise was made, judge, accept that.'”

    He also questioned Cosby’s lawyers over whether the press release on which the defense has based its case could serve that purpose.

    The courtroom battle at times became as much a matter of politics as of legal details. The case against Cosby is being brought by District Atty. Kevin Steele, a rival of Castor's who had defeated him for the post in November after taking an aggressive stance on Cosby prosecution in campaign ads. Castor, meanwhile, testified for the defense.

    Just after the ruling, the defense argued that Steele should be removed in favor of another prosecutor because he had ulterior motives. “Mr. Cosby was a political football in the fall of 2015 and that's what led to this decision [to prosecute],” said Christopher Tayback, one of Cosby's lawyers.

    But O'Neill ruled against the defense again and rejected that bid, setting up a situation in which the man who ran for office on a hawkish Cosby stance will square off with him in court.
    The prosecution also made politics an issue in the hearing, calling Castor's motives into question.

    Cosby lawyers had sought to depict the former D.A. as having made the agreement because of concern for Constand, the alleged victim. The former D.A. testified for seven hours Tuesday, saying he made the promise to help her in the civil suit. By removing the specter of criminal prosecution, he said, it would compel Cosby to be deposed without being able to invoke the 5th Amendment.

    But prosecutors argued that Castor was not concerned about alleged victim. They called to the stand Constand's lawyers, who said they had never heard about any such agreement or the rationale for it, and also cast doubt on the ex-D.A.'s movies.

    “I don’t believe that he would act in a manner that would hurt him politically,” testified Dolores Troiani, Constand’s lawyer. “I don’t believe he would ever arrest Cosby because it would hurt him with the electorate.”

    Cosby did not speak in court, but his presence was felt. He was helped out of the room after the defeat Wednesday night by several aides, apparently as a result of a vision problem that was cited several times during testimony.

    The prospect of a trial for the once beloved comedian will test the historic goodwill for a celebrity with a growing anger about Cosby’s alleged activities with women, more than 50 of whom have stepped forward to say he had initiated unwanted sexual contact with them, often after providing them with drugs or alcohol.

    Victim rights groups cheered the ruling Wednesday. Karen Polesir, the head of the Philadelphia chapter of the sex-assault advocacy organization SNAP, sent out a statement that read in part, “Wake up, rich rapists! Your days of sweetheart deals are diminishing” and said that “we hope that this ruling will make other prosecutors pause before giving 'get out of jail free' cards to accused rapists, whatever their intentions or rationale might be.”

    For its part, the prosecution has intimated that class and privilege will be an issue in an upcoming trial. As he made his argument Wednesday, Steele cited Cosby's status. “A secret agreement that permits a wealthy defendant to buy his way out of a criminal defense isn’t right,” he said.

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    Should have smoked a joint with them bitches. Dummy.
     
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    Ex Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor should join Cosby. They both should be on trial for rape.
     
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    Good.

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    Thank the lord!
    I thought he was going to get away with it.
     
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    It's about fucking time. Just because you're a celebrity does mean you get away with breaking the law. I'm never watching The Cosby Show ever again.
     
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    Fuck Cosby, hope he ends his days in prison. What kind of a man needs to repeatedly drug women in order to have sex with them?
     
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    he might end up checking out early like paterno...
     
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    He won't get convicted. He has more money than the prosecuter's office. A team of fancy lawyers will prevail.
     
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    Yeah, jail is only for the poor.
     
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    very true. but like hillary, will he have the stamina?
     
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    O.J. finally went to jail but only after he was poor :jj:
     
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    And he wasn't really poor. He was never poor. He hid over $10M.
     
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    People actually think he did it? wow cmon
     
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    You think he still has that?
     
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    He hasn't shown much. His Florida house was $650k. Did his $28k NFL pension pay for that? He had it financed. He never worked again after the trial but was always playing golf and going out. His lawyers pulled some funny business during the Nicole trial. Goldman barely got any of what he was owed in the civil case.
     
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    Cosby's defense team will argue that his actions were legal in that town.

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    I thought his pension was like $300k a year?