Cosby judge weighs drug, sex assault experts as trial nears

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 4, 2017

The Montgomery County judge presiding in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is keeping a lid on some last minute pretrial motions filed in the case.

Cosby, who has become increasingly isolated as the trial approaches, is not required to attend. Andrea Constand will be the star witness during the trial. Cosby was arrested on December 30, 2015, days before the 12-year deadline to file the aggravated sexual assault charge. According to his deposition, he gave her three blue pills to alleviate stress before lying on the couch with her and engaging in sex acts.

Bill Cosby, center, arrives for a hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

She met Cosby when she worked for the women's basketball team at Temple University, the actor-comedian's alma mater.

Defense lawyers sparred with prosecutors Thursday before Cosby goes on trial on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. She left Temple months later to move home to the Toronto area and retrain as a massage therapist. The case is referred to Pennsylvania authorities. In that deposition, Cosby gave damaging testimony, allegedly admitting he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex. More women accuse Cosby of assaulting them.

Andrea Constand walks her dogs in Toronto, on December 31, 2015. On the call, Cosby said he engaged in "digital penetration" but refuses to say what pills he gave her. She said he later sexually assaulted her. Cosby's lawyers have questioned why she went to his hotel bungalow, despite saying she had rebuffed Cosby's advances once before.

Brian McMonagle has built a reputation as one of Philadelphia's best criminal defence lawyers through a combination of street smarts and courtroom savvy. Cosby's lawyers claimed the 2005 agreement was made for the express objective of inducing Cosby to testify in Constand's civil litigation against him, removing from him the ability to claim his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, thus forcing him to sit for a deposition under oath in the civil case over the course of four days between September 2005 and March 2006.

Castor claimed there wasn't enough "reliable and admissible" evidence to prosecute Cosby in 2005. Steele attacked Castor over the decision in campaign ads and went on to win the November election.

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