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July 22, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Bill Cosby is seeking to appeal another issue in his sexual assault case before he goes to trial. Cosby's attorney filed a notice of appeal Wednesday in Montgomery County Court, arguing that accuser Andrea Constand should have to give testimony at a proceeding before the case goes to trial. Over defense objections at a hearing in May, Cosby was ordered to stand trial for allegedly sexually assaulting Constand. District Judge Elizabeth McHugh called prosecutors' decision not to call Constand to testify "risky," but ruled that it was permitted by state law. Cosby's attorneys again argued before Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill this month that Constand should have to testify at a preliminary hearing.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
T OM SIZEMORE once was a fixture in Tattle. It seemed like the burly actor ( Black Hawk Down , Saving Private Ryan , Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew , Sober House ) and Temple alum was always getting arrested for something - fights, drugs, violating probation, faking a urine test, etc. With his ties to Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss (whom he was jailed for beating) and a brief foray into porn ( The Tom Sizemore Sex Scandal ), Sizemore was one of Tattle's MVPs of the millennium's first decade.
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Andrea Constand did not break her confidential settlement agreement with Bill Cosby by cooperating with detectives in an investigation that led to criminal charges against the entertainer, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling, by District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, dismissed portions of Cosby's bid to make Constand return the money he paid her a decade ago to settle sexual-assault claims. Cosby contended that the agreement prevented any party from disclosing details about the lawsuit or a 2005 criminal investigation into the allegations.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
When Gaetan Alfano took over as Philadelphia bar chancellor Jan. 1, he inherited a legal trade association that was treading water. Membership had fallen, and growing numbers of lawyers questioned its relevance. The profession, meanwhile, had gone through convulsive changes, but the bar group, not so much. Alfano made it clear he intended to shake things up, and now, six months into his yearlong term, he's on his way. Within weeks of the start of his term, Alfano took on American Bar Association president Paulette Brown for promoting a cut-rate legal service he said undermined lawyers' livelihoods.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
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.
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