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March 23, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
A federal judge in Philadelphia has denied a bid by Bill Cosby to block the release of files pertaining to the sexual-assault lawsuit he settled a decade ago with Andrea Constand. In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody declined to quash a subpoena for the documents issued last year to Constand's lawyer by seven women suing the entertainer in Massachusetts. The dispute is the latest legal battle for records relating to the 2005 civil litigation and criminal investigation into Constand's claim that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Cheltenham home - the same incident in which he now faces prosecution in Montgomery County.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby's chief criminal defense lawyer hosted a campaign fund-raiser and donated $2,500 to a former Montgomery County district attorney months before calling him as a primary witness in a bid to derail the entertainer's sexual-assault trial. Details emerged Thursday as attorney Brian J. McMonagle sought to quash a subpoena from Cosby accuser Andrea Constand seeking details of any other political contributions that he, Cosby, or their employees may have made to Bruce L. Castor Jr. as he ran to try to reclaim his previous office months before testifying on the entertainer's behalf.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2016
_ A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. This year's Oscar winner for documentary short, which looks at so-called honor killings in Pakistan through the story of a young woman who survived her father and uncle's attempt to kill her, makes its television debut. _ DAMIEN. 10 p.m. Monday, A&E. Bradley James stars as war photographer Damien Thorn, who's turned out better than I'd expected the brat from The Omen to in a series from Glen Mazzara ( The Walking Dead )
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
A Pennsylvania appellate court on Tuesday temporarily halted criminal proceedings against Bill Cosby, including a key hearing scheduled for next week, saying it wanted to first decide if it would hear his arguments to dismiss the charges. The one-paragraph Superior Court order stayed all hearings. The court also directed lawyers to submit briefs by April 11 over whether the panel should grant the 78-year-old entertainer a rare appeal before a trial. For Cosby, the order represented a victory, if only a minor or fleeting one. He had been scheduled to appear Tuesday in Norristown for a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors planned to introduce evidence and ask a judge to let the aggravated indecent assault case proceed to trial.
NEWS
March 2, 2016
WITH HIS funny, sober, nerve-touching Oscar monologue Sunday night, Chris Rock used his strength - exploding hypocrisy and throwing shade on both sides of the racial divide. Rock solidified his grip on the superstar crown previously held by Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and, yes, Bill Cosby as America's favorite African American standup. Chris Rock is the African American King of Comedy. Rock's monologue was widely anticipated, but the brewing race controversy may have kept some viewers away, and Oscar ratings slumped to an eight-year low. Not Chris Rock's fault.
NEWS
February 28, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Haverford College has rescinded Bill Cosby's honorary degree, joining a list of schools nationwide that have sought to distance themselves from the embattled entertainer. In an announcement Friday, Haverford officials said they approved a recommendation this month to rescind the degree they gave Cosby in 2002. "Although his creative contributions at the crossroads of education, civil rights, and entertainment remain," the college's honorary degree committee wrote, "Dr. Cosby's admission that he acquired drugs for the purpose of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex undermines the educational and humanitarian principles for which the Haverford community honored him 14 years ago. The college is deeply troubled by the nature of the conduct to which Dr. Cosby has admitted, which we view as gravely inconsistent with Haverford's institutional values.
NEWS
February 26, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
The Montgomery County judge who denied Bill Cosby's motion to dismiss the sex assault charges against him says Cosby shouldn't be allowed to appeal his ruling. The issues Cosby has asked a higher court to consider "do not involve questions of basic human rights and are not issues of great public importance," Judge Steven T. O'Neill wrote in an opinion filed Wednesday. O'Neill laid out his argument as he, Cosby and prosecutors wait for Pennsylvania Superior Court to decide if it will hear the appeal, a step that would almost certainly delay the entertainer's criminal case.
NEWS
February 25, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Andrea Constand has asked a federal judge to lift her 2006 confidentiality agreement with Bill Cosby, saying the entertainer has repeatedly violated it and is now trying to use it to intimidate her and other witnesses in his sexual assault case. In court filings this week, Constand's lawyers said a breach-of-contract suit Cosby filed this month, seeking to recoup money he paid her in a civil settlement a decade ago, was only the latest "bullying tactic" by the 78-year-old comedian in multiple cases.
NEWS
February 21, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
Montgomery County prosecutors urged Superior Court on Friday to reject Bill Cosby's bid to halt his trial on sex assault charges. In court filings, District Attorney Kevin Steele argued that Cosby's attempt to appeal a lower-court ruling was premature, and based on an issue more appropriately argued after a trial and verdict. He also said it appeared to be part of a defense strategy designed to slow the criminal justice process for the 78-year-old entertainer. "Remarkably, he has not even had a preliminary hearing, thanks to inventive lawyering that apparently seems intent on keeping his case from a jury for as long as possible," prosecutors wrote.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby wants Andrea Constand to give back the money he paid her in a confidential settlement a decade ago, saying she violated that agreement by helping Montgomery County authorities build a sexual-assault case against him last year. The request came as part of a breach-of-contract lawsuit the entertainer filed under seal in federal court in Philadelphia this month. By order of a judge, a version of the complaint became public this week. The lawsuit seeks full repayment plus interest on "the substantial financial benefit" Constand received as part of the 2006 settlement.
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