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April 15, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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