Bill Cosby's Preliminary Hearing on Sexual Assault Case Scheduled on May 24
May 13, 2016 09:43 AM EDT
A Philadelphia prosecutor is fighting attempts by Bill Cosby to delay the preliminary trial court hearing as the embattled comedian, together with his lawyers, seek to have the Pennsylvania proceedings dismissed.
According to The Legal Intelligencer, Mr. Cosby's lawyers asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 10, to hear a request for an emergency stay after a court agreed to overrule the case's appeal last week. The lawyers want the appeals court to review the argument, which gives the possibility of the case to be dismissed. Because of that, the preliminary hearing for the 78-year-old comedian's criminal case is scheduled next Tuesday, May 24.
On the other hand, a former prosecutor had initially cancelled to press charges, however, the newly-elected Montgomery Couny District Attorney Kevin Steele filed charges before a 12-year statute of restraints expired. Steele also stated that the court papers on Monday that the appeal does not require immediate action and should be heard after the preliminary trial, The Mercury News reports.
Because of Steele's statement, Cosby is seeking actions to have the district attorney's office removed from the case process. Cosby's lawyers requested to delay the probable-cause hearing as they argue that the former prosecutor in 2005 made a firm commitment that the commonwealth would never prosecute the comedian.
In the meantime, he is celebrating his freedom after paying a $1 million bail bond, India has learned.
Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault stemming from allegiations that he dragged and molested Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee in December 2004. He states that the encounter is consensual.
Bill Cosby has allegedly denied dozens of sexual assault or misconduct complaints filed against him from women across the country, some of which were dated back in the year 1960s. Cosby has just counter-sued some of his accusers for defamation charges.