21 March 2018
Mnangagwa pardons 3,000 prisoners
Rwanda: Mnangagwa commends civil society
Chivayo: Mangoma to appear before MPs
Parly: Ex-ZMDC boss grilled over $15bln
Rape accused teacher commits suicide
Masvingo: Alarm as ED campaign rally flops
Burundi leader wants to rule until 2034
Mega-Deals: We don’t dish out cash, China
Indigenisation law change cheers miner
Mnangagwa: Africa can do much better
Zim Achievers SA to honour Mtukudzi
Trey Songz up for punching woman
PSL mum on ZPC Kariba, Platinum match
SA: Kaitano Tembo praises youngsters
Mugabe spoke for the marginalised, but
Whither ED, how tactful art thou?
ZimDiaspora: Bum cleaners, runaway fathers?
Autism: Awareness and interventions
Attorneys for Cosby seek dismissal of Pennsylvania sexual assault case  
09/06/2016 00:00:00
by Reuters
Bill Cosby

LAWYERS for Bill Cosby asked a Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday to throw out sexual assault charges filed against the comedian, saying he had not been given an opportunity to confront his accuser during pretrial proceedings.

The petition filed in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania seeks dismissal of all charges or at least a new preliminary hearing during which Cosby's lawyers could cross-examine his accuser.

The charges stem from allegations leveled by Andrea Constand, who settled a civil case against Cosby for an undisclosed sum in 2006.

Cosby, 78, was charged last year with sexually assaulting Constand in January 2004 after plying her with drugs and alcohol.

"The Commonwealth's reliance solely upon hearsay evidence to establish the elements of the charged offense, without providing Mr. Cosby an opportunity to confront and cross-examine his accuser, violated Mr. Cosby's confrontation and due process rights," his legal team said in a statement.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office could not be reached for comment on Wednesday evening.

Cosby, who personified the model American family man in his television hit "The Cosby Show," asked earlier this year for the charges to be dismissed, arguing that prosecutors had violated terms under which he gave a deposition in the civil lawsuit.

Judge Elizabeth McHugh rejected that request in May and ordered Cosby to stand trial.

Filed days before the statute of limitations was to expire, these are the only criminal charges Cosby faces after more than 50 women accused him of sexual assault.

Prosecutors have said that Constand, a former basketball coach at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, was a guest at Cosby's home in Cheltenham near Philadelphia when he gave her wine and urged her to take three pills.

They have said that Constand became incapacitated and that Cosby sexually assaulted her.



Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it






Face Book



comments powered by Disqus
RSS NewsTicker