May 23, 2016 |
In the last decade, a mountain of legal filings, headlines, and news conferences has been devoted to exploring what might have happened when Andrea Constand walked into Bill Cosby's home in Cheltenham one night in 2004. What has been missing, however, is Constand's own description of the encounter. On Tuesday, that could change. In a Norristown courtroom, prosecutors are scheduled to introduce evidence that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Constand, as they ask a judge to order him to stand trial.
May 5, 2016 |
Bill Cosby has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to halt the proceedings in his sexual-assault case and consider his argument that the charges should be dismissed. The request, made public Wednesday, came a week after Superior Court denied a similar bid from the entertainer and ordered the criminal case to resume its path toward trial. Should the Supreme Court grant his request, it would mean a third postponement for the first evidentiary hearing - a step that often takes place within weeks of a defendant's being charged.
April 27, 2016 |
A Pennsylvania appellate court on Monday rejected Bill Cosby's request to dismiss sexual assault charges against him, clearing the way for the case to resume its path toward trial in Montgomery County. In a three-sentence order, a Superior Court panel denied the 78-year-old entertainer a rare pretrial appeal. It did not address Cosby's argument that the prosecution should be stopped because of a former district attorney's decade-old promise that he would never be charged. Thus, after a months-long respite, Cosby again faces the first substantial evidentiary hearing in the only criminal case to emerge from allegations by more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct dating back decades.
April 25, 2016
Woman, 20, escapes armed rapist after 11 hours Police are investigating the abduction and sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman who escaped her attacker Saturday afternoon after an 11-hour ordeal. The woman told investigators she was abducted at 4 a.m. around 49th Street and Lancaster Avenue when she was forced by a man with a gun into a black vehicle with tinted windows and a trash bag covering the driver-side rear window. The victim, who had been bound with duct tape, freed herself at 57th Street and Larchwood Avenue in West Philadelphia around 3 p.m., police said, about two miles from where she was abducted.
April 22, 2016
WHEN I read Jenice Armstrong's article concerning Ebony magazine and Bill Cosby, I wanted to applaud both the magazine and her for the cultural honesty. I am a 70-year-old black male who has been deeply involved in the civil-rights movement, from the late 1960s to the present, although I am less active because of my medical problems. It has become increasingly clear that too many of our people, including those of renown and stature, refuse to allow us as a race to be honest and truthful in all our facts about persons of color who are celebrities (Cosby, O.J. Simpson, etc.)
April 17, 2016 |
Andrea Constand's lawyer on Friday accused Bruce L. Castor Jr. of lying when the former Montgomery County district attorney raised questions about her client's credibility during a February hearing in Bill Cosby's sex-assault case. Castor's testimony was untruthful, lawyer Bebe Kivitz said, and was meant to undermine Constand as the key witness in Cosby's criminal case if it proceeds to trial. "He was on a crusade," Kivitz said, urging a federal judge in Philadelphia to grant her access to communications Cosby's lawyers had with Castor before he took the stand.
April 15, 2016 |
A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned the point of Bill Cosby's request to reseal the decade-old court documents that have helped reignite criminal and civil sexual-assault cases against him. During arguments before judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, one of Cosby's attorneys acknowledged that resealing the records could be akin to putting toothpaste back into the tube. Judge Thomas L. Ambro quipped that even that metaphor might not go far enough.
April 14, 2016 |
As Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial remains on hold, a fierce battle is raging on the sidelines over what has become the evidential cornerstone in an array of interlocking legal claims: the once-sealed criminal and civil records about his now-infamous 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand. Judges from Philadelphia to Massachusetts are being asked to rule on who can access the documents, how they can be used, and if their partial release last summer was a mistake. Beyond shaping the civil cases, the outcome of these tangential disputes in coming weeks could bolster or create roadblocks for prosecutors in Montgomery County pursuing the only criminal charge lodged against the 78-year-old entertainer.
April 1, 2016 |
Remember all the hoo-hah about Tidal, the streaming service owned by some of music's wealthiest performers, which was going to revolutionize the flailing industry and make sure artists got paid? TMZ.com reports that Jay Z is suing the former owners and execs of Tidal for $15 million, claiming they inflated their subscription numbers like a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. According to reports, Jay Z was told the streaming service had 540,000 subscribers but now believes the number was much lower.
March 31, 2016
By Matthew T. Mangino The purported deal between former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor and Bill Cosby has had an immediate impact on Cosby's prosecution. No, it hasn't resulted in the case being thrown out - yet - but it has resulted in the prosecution being delayed and derailed. Defense attorneys contend that the charges against Cosby violated an agreement struck in 2005 with Castor. Cosby's lawyers say Castor promised not to prosecute the comedian if he agreed to testify in a civil lawsuit filed by his accuser, Andrea Constand.