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January 15, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A judge on Wednesday ordered Bill Cosby and other potential witnesses to appear in court next month for a hearing on Cosby's bid to dismiss the sexual-assault case against him or bar Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele's office from prosecuting it. Just two days after Cosby's lawyers filed a motion challenging the prosecution, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill scheduled a Feb. 2 hearing, setting up the first showdown between county...
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January 14, 2016 | BY JEREMY ROEBUCK & LAURA MCCRYSTAL, Staff Writers
MONTGOMERY COUNTY District Attorney Kevin Steele pushed back yesterday against a claim that a predecessor struck a deal a decade ago protecting Bill Cosby from prosecution in an alleged 2004 sex assault. In a five-sentence statement, Steele said that he was reviewing the arguments Cosby's legal team made in a motion Monday, but that he would not be baited into trying the case outside the courtroom. Still, Steele added, "we are not surprised by this filing, which has no merit. " In the motion, Cosby's lawyers said Steele's decision to charge the 78-year-old entertainer last month with the assault of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand violated a 2005 agreement between Cosby and former District Attorney Bruce Castor Castor investigated Constand's claims when she came forward a year after the alleged assault but decided not to bring a case.
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January 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby's lawyers on Monday launched a new legal attack on the sex assault case against him, calling it illegal and unethical and asking a judge to dismiss the charges or disqualify the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office from prosecuting it. In a motion, the lawyers claim the case brought by District Attorney Kevin Steele violates a 2005 non-prosecution agreement between Cosby and Bruce L. Castor Jr., who as the county's top prosecutor at...
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January 12, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
As he stood behind a podium to announce charges against Bill Cosby, Kevin Steele was not yet the Montgomery County District Attorney. But it was perhaps the biggest announcement of his career. Still, Steele stuck to a script, cutting off questions after 10 minutes. Later, he sent another prosecutor to represent the office at Cosby's arraignment, the first hearing in the case. It was clear he was a man with a lot on his plate. Formally sworn in last Monday, Steele is a quiet career prosecutor who colleagues say is more comfortable in the background than the spotlight.
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January 11, 2016
Bill Cosby's preliminary hearing in a Montgomery County sexual-assault case has been rescheduled for Feb. 2 to give defense lawyers more time to prepare. The hearing, which had been scheduled for this week, will be the first chance for the 78-year-old entertainer's legal team to challenge his aggravated indecent assault case in court. Prosecutors allege Cosby drugged and assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004 at his Cheltenham mansion. Cosby has denied the allegations.
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January 8, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles prosecutors on Wednesday ruled out charges against Bill Cosby in two separate cases, leaving Montgomery County as the lone venue in which the 78-year-old entertainer will face a criminal trial over a sexual-abuse allegation. The news came as Cosby's lawyers in the Pennsylvania case asked an Elkins Park district court to reschedule his preliminary hearing from next Thursday to give them more time to prepare. A spokesman for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts said the hearing would be postponed, though no official order had been listed on the case's docket and no new date had been set. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said he advised the court this week that his office was prepared to proceed as scheduled.
NEWS
January 7, 2016
By Lawrence McMichael and Linda Dale Hoffa In a celebrity criminal case - like the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Montgomery County - the case is tried and the defendant exonerated or convicted in the minds of the public long before the jury hears the evidence in the courtroom. In our 24-hour news cycle, all the "evidence" is exposed and endlessly analyzed by the media. But that is why keeping an open mind is so important. If our system of justice is to work, everyone needs to remember and respect the presumption of innocence.
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January 7, 2016
OVER THE WEEKEND, I read a column on philly.com by Christine Flowers. It was about Bill Cosby and William Lynn. In it, the author wrote that Lynn was charged under a law that does not apply to him. That is not correct. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, in Lynn's case, that Lynn could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Since the author's incorrect statement of the law seems to be the basis for her conclusion that Lynn was convicted of a crime he did not commit, the entire column - as it relates to Lynn - is false.
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