July 13, 2016 |
Bill Cosby replaced one of his defense attorneys Monday with another Los Angeles lawyer whose firm has represented celebrity clients. Angela Agrusa of Liner L.L.P. will replace Christopher Tayback on Cosby's legal team in pending criminal and civil litigation, the entertainer's spokesman said Monday. The reason for the change was unclear, as was whether it was initiated by Tayback or Cosby. Agrusa has experience in civil litigation, according to a biography posted on her firm's website.
July 9, 2016 |
A judge Thursday shot down Bill Cosby's latest attempt to have his sexual-assault case dismissed, ruling the case could move forward without pretrial testimony from accuser Andrea Constand. In explaining his ruling from the bench, Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill described "as perfectly proper" the decision by prosecutors not to call Constand as a witness at the May hearing in which the 78-year-old entertainer was ordered to stand trial. Instead, they relied on the statement Constand gave to police when she first reported her alleged assault 11 years ago. "The commonwealth does not have to present live evidence at preliminary hearings," the judge said.
July 3, 2016 |
Lawyers for Andrea Constand urged a federal judge Friday to throw out Bill Cosby's bid to make her return the money he paid her a decade ago to settle sexual-assault claims. In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in Philadelphia, the attorneys, Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz, denied allegations by Cosby lawyers that Constand breached a confidentiality clause in the 2006 settlement with the entertainer when she helped prosecutors build a case against him. They said Cosby was the one who first violated the settlement, and suggested that his breach-of-contract lawsuit was intended to have a "chilling effect" on Constand before she testified at his trial in Montgomery County.
June 21, 2016
A bogus hearing staged by the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee last week suggested some members are determined to protect the Catholic Church and insurance companies instead of securing justice for the victims of pedophiles and the institutions that protect them. Considering a bill passed by the House that would give abuse victims more time to file criminal and civil claims, the committee limited testimony to the question of the measure's constitutionality. That was interesting given that committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf's law firm represented the Norbertine Fathers, a religious order that was sued by abuse victims, and opposed a similar statute-of-limitations bill in Delaware on constitutional grounds.
June 16, 2016
A Montgomery County judge scheduled a July 7 hearing on Bill Cosby's latest bid to have his sexual assault case dismissed. Judge Steven T. O'Neill set the date after a closed-door meeting Tuesday with prosecutors and Cosby's defense lawyers. He also gave the district attorney's office until June 20 to file a response to Cosby's latest argument - that he was denied his right to confront his accuser because prosecutors failed to call Andrea Constand as a witness at his preliminary hearing last month.
June 10, 2016 |
Taking a step they had telegraphed, Bill Cosby's lawyers moved Wednesday to have the sexual assault case against him dismissed because prosecutors failed to present his accuser, Andrea Constand, at his preliminary hearing last month. By relying on detectives to testify and read Constand's 2005 statements to police instead of calling her to the witness stand, prosecutors denied Cosby "an opportunity to confront and cross-examine his accuser," the defense team wrote in a bid to have the charges dropped or receive a new preliminary hearing.
June 4, 2016 |
Andrea Constand waited a year to tell anyone that Bill Cosby had sexually assaulted her, she said, because she was "emotionally shocked" and needed time to work through her feelings. "I want to say there was an element of fear," she told Cheltenham police in 2005. "Before I was going to say anything to anyone, I had to put my own thoughts and feelings together. " Detailed in a police interview transcript made public Thursday , Constand's reply addressed what has emerged as a critical point as Cosby's case lumbers toward a trial.
May 27, 2016 |
In the weeks and months after Bill Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, Andrea Constand didn't cut ties. She went back to his Cheltenham home and spoke to him by phone. She asked for tickets to one of his shows in Toronto - and brought her family, too. Those details trickled out to police in multiple interviews a year after the alleged assault. Cosby's defense team seized on that in Norristown on Tuesday in their bid to chip away at her credibility, and the charge against him of aggravated indecent assault.
May 26, 2016 |
Bill Cosby was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on sexual-assault charges. But the decade-in-the-making courtroom confrontation between the entertainer and his accuser was deferred for another day. At the case's first evidentiary hearing, Montgomery County prosecutors opted not to call Andrea Constand to testify - a move Cosby's lawyers decried as "garbage. " Instead, investigators read into the record portions of statements she and Cosby gave to police in 2005, airing for the first time Constand's account of the night she says he drugged her, put his hand down her pants, and forced her in turn to touch him. "I got scared," Constand told detectives a year after the alleged 2004 assault at Cosby's Cheltenham home.
May 25, 2016 |
Bill Cosby's sexual-assault case will proceed on a path toward trial as scheduled, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest attempt to delay it. In a one-line order, the court denied Cosby's request for a stay while it reviewed the charges against him. The ruling removes the last potential roadblock to Tuesday morning's preliminary hearing in Montgomery County Court in Norristown. Cosby's lawyers had asked the Supreme Court to put that proceeding on hold as he sought a rare pretrial appeal.