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February 19, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
A day before the pivotal pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case this month, Bill Cosby sued his accuser, her lawyers, and others over an alleged breach of confidentiality agreements they signed to settle a lawsuit more than a decade ago, according to court filings. Filed Feb. 1, the latest suit had been sealed by the same federal judge in Philadelphia who presided over the claim Andrea Constand filed against Cosby in 2006. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno partially lifted the seal Tuesday and ordered Cosby's lawyers to file a partially redacted complaint, a step that made public the case docket.
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February 18, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
A Montgomery County judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby's attempt to halt his criminal case while he challenges the judge's ruling that the sexual assault prosecution should proceed to trial. "An immediate appeal from these orders would not materially advance the ultimate termination of the matter," Judge Steven T. O'Neill wrote. The petition to O'Neill was one of two Cosby's lawyers filed last week in a bid to halt the prosecution. The second, filed with Superior Court, is pending.
NEWS
February 16, 2016
Temple University was charged with energy in September of 1984 when I arrived as a freshman, just as a Philadelphia comedian launched what would become a smash hit of a television show. You've heard of Bill Cosby, right? He became a national ambassador for Temple, which swelled in enrollment as it evolved from "commuter school" to academic destination. You probably haven't heard of Spurgeon Link. He was a street vendor who vexed Temple's plans to homogenize North Broad Street as the center stage for the growing campus.
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February 14, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
As his lawyers had vowed, Bill Cosby sought Friday to temporarily halt the sexual-assault prosecution against him while he challenges a Montgomery County judge's ruling that his case should proceed toward a trial. In filings with Pennsylvania Superior Court and the county court, the entertainer's defense lawyers said their claim - that Cosby had a legally binding agreement that he would never be charged - merits an immediate appeal. "If Mr. Cosby is successful on appeal, the case would be terminated immediately," they wrote.
NEWS
February 13, 2016
By Shari Botwin A Montgomery County judge ruled last week that the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby may proceed. For countless people who have suffered in silence, including more than 50 women who have alleged that Cosby attacked them, the prosecution shows that the world is starting to condemn this kind of behavior and listen to its victims. My hope is that this will help many more survivors speak up soon after a crime occurs. I have been counseling men and women who have experienced trauma and abuse for nearly 20 years.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
The sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby cleared its first major hurdle last week, when a Montgomery County judge rejected the entertainer's request to drop the charges because his defense team said they violated a non-prosecution pledge by a former district attorney. But the issue is far from over. Within hours of Common Pleas Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill's ruling Wednesday, Cosby's lawyers announced they would appeal - a move that, if allowed to proceed, could derail plans for a March 8 preliminary hearing on the evidence and tie up the case for months.
NEWS
February 6, 2016
ISSUE | BILL COSBY Castor's non-prosecution deal sounds fishy Bruce L. Castor Jr. testified that he verbally committed himself and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office about 10 years ago to "never prosecute Bill Cosby" ("Cosby case to proceed," Thursday). There is no written record of that decision, either to support his testimony or bind his office. As a lawyer in an elected position of trust, it was Castor's responsibility to record such an agreement. If he neglected to do so, intentionally or otherwise, he failed his office and the public miserably.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
A Montgomery County judge on Wednesday rejected Bill Cosby's efforts to have his sexual-assault case dismissed, ruling that prosecutors were not legally bound by a former district attorney's promise that the entertainer would never be charged in an alleged 2004 attack. The decision by Judge Steven T. O'Neill clears the way for the only criminal charges filed since a wave of accusations emerged against the 78-year-old celebrity. O'Neill ordered Cosby to return for a March 8 preliminary hearing.
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February 5, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Veteran prosecutors, using such words as extraordinary and unusual, said they were puzzled by the promise by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. never to prosecute comedian Bill Cosby. Such deals rarely happen, the prosecutors said, simply because it is impossible to know what new information might emerge. And when the deals do emerge, they said, it is critical to get the agreement in writing. Castor testified Tuesday at a hearing on the aggravated indecent-assault charge against Cosby that his 2005 announcement not to file criminal charges amounted to a pledge that his office, and his successors, had dropped the case forever.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
BILL COSBY'S LUCK ran out on a dark and rainy Wednesday in a Norristown courthouse. He lost the legal battle, but I suspect, unhappily, that he will win the war. Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill nixed Cosby's motion to dismiss the sexual-assault charges brought against him in December. The 78-year-old entertainer argued that he was shielded by a promise to not prosecute made a decade ago by then-Montgomery County D.A. Bruce Castor. My colleague Jenice Armstrong fumed Wednesday that Castor didn't prosecute Cos and seemed to be blaming the victim.
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