The Cosby Jury Will Come From the Other Side of the State

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Commonwealth v. Bill Cosby will be heard in front of a jury from around Pittsburgh.

Last month, a court ruled that the jury for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial would not come from Montgomery County, where the case is being held.

Yesterday, Judge Steven T. O’Neill ruled the court jury will come from Allegheny County, about 300 miles away. Read more »

Judge: Cosby Jury Won’t Come From Montco

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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown this morning | AP Photo: Matt Slocum

Update, 11:45 a.m.: Judge Steven O’Neill ruled today that the jury for Bill Cosby’s aggravated indecent assault will not come from Montgomery County — but the trial’s venue will remain in Norristown.

Cosby’s attorneys wanted a complete change of venue. Instead, jurors will come from a neighboring county, but the trial will remain in Montgomery County. Jurors will be sequestered after they’re selected.

Earlier: Bill Cosby is back in court again today.

The entertainer, charged with felony aggravated indecent assault, is in court today asking a judge to bring in jurors from outside Montgomery County. The decision to not charge Cosby when the allegations against him originally surfaced, in 2004, became part of the race for District Attorney in 2015.

As a result, Cosby and his lawyers say jurors from outside the county should serve on the jury for his trial. The AP reports prosecutors don’t oppose the motion. Read more »

Philly’s Biggest Losers of 2016

Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Background image by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Now that the last shreds of wrapping paper have been vacuumed up and the good dishes are finally put away, we revisit our time-honored tradition of taking a look back at the year and the losers, miscreants, and ne’er-do-wells it spawned. (For a more optimistic view of Philadelphia, consider Holly Otterbein‘s Biggest Winners of 2016.)

Ed Rendell

The once-lovable former champion of the everyman now spends his time being largely irrelevant and making facepalm-worthy comments in places like the Washington Post. But when you’re pulling in a cool $5,000 each month to do virtually nothing for a casino in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you probably don’t care. Read more »

Bill Cosby Trial Date Set … for June 2017

Bill Cosby preliminary hearing

Bill Cosby is set to be tried on an aggravated indecent assault charge stemming from an alleged 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand — but not until June 5, 2017.

Cosby defense attorney Brian McMonagle argued today that he did not have time in his schedule for Cosby’s trial until June. The defense team will also be filing a motion for a change of venue, due to Montgomery County district attorney Kevin Steele’s having run an ad calling Cosby a “predator” during his campaign. Montco Court Judge Steven T. O’Neill already ruled in February that Steele could remain in the prosecution. Read more »

Cosby Tries to Get Sexual Assault Charges Dropped

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing on May 24th, 2016, in Norristown.

A judge in Norristown today shot down entertainer Bill Cosby’s latest attempt to have the charges against him dropped for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. Cosby’s lawyers argued unsuccessfully that Constand should have been required to testify during the preliminary hearing, according to BillyPenn. Read more »

Cosby Attorney Promotes Rape Culture as He Defends the Accused Sexual Predator

Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for comedian Bill Cosby, arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for comedian Bill Cosby, arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

On the way out to Bill Cosby‘s preliminary hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse early on Tuesday morning, my Uber driver Clarence made it pretty clear how he felt about the dozens of women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault and other crimes.

Why did they wait so long to report it?

They got something out of it, too.

Did you know that Andrea Constand was Cosby’s girlfriend?

Did you know that she lied to the police?

Well, Clarence appears to have taken a page right of out the playbook of Brian McMonagle, Cosby’s lead defense attorney in the only criminal case against him. McMonagle exploited every opportunity to tear apart Constand’s credibility during the hearing, a proceeding she did not attend. Read more »

Bill Cosby Loses Preliminary Hearing, Will Go to Trial

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Montgomery County Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled on Tuesday afternoon that Bill Cosby will go to trial on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park home. Although dozens have women have made similar allegations against Cosby, this is the only criminal proceeding against him. Read more »

Hugh Hefner Drawn Into Bill Cosby Allegations

Bill Cosby arrest photo. Hugh Hefner, By Toglenn via CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12656003

Bill Cosby arrest photo. Hugh Hefner, By Toglenn via CC BY-SA 3.0.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was deposed last Wednesday in a sexual battery civil suit against Bill Cosby, according to Los Angeles civil rights attorney Gloria Allred.

Hefner’s deposition took place at the Playboy Mansion, the site where alleged Cosby victim Judy Huth says Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old.

Huth, who is represented by Allred, sued Cosby in late 2014, claiming he forced her to perform a sex act on him during a 1974 Playboy Mansion party. Huth is one of more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual abuse. Read more »

Court on Cosby Deposition: Toothpaste Is Out of the Tube

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby is hoping a court will reseal deposition documents from a 2005 sexual assault lawsuit which were made public last year. Cosby’s request was heard by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court in Philadelphia today.

The deposition in question was taken during a lawsuit filed against Cosby by Andrea Constand. In it, Cosby admitted to having several affairs with women and obtaining prescription sedatives to give to women whom he hoped to seduce. A legal push from The Associated Press led to the deposition being unsealed in 2015.

Although much of the information contained in the deposition has already been seen by the public, Cosby hopes that resealing the documents would prohibit the information from being used against him in ongoing and future litigation with Constand and other accusers. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Secret Cosby Lawsuit Comes to Light

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know:

Cosby sues Constand for breach of contract.

Comedian Bill Cosby, now facing a criminal trial he strove mightily to avoid, has filed suit against his most prominent accuser, Andrea Constand, and the National Enquirer’s parent company, claiming they broke Constand’s 2006 agreement to keep details of her lawsuit against Cosby confidential in exchange for a cash payment. The suit, which had been filed under seal, was re-filed in a redacted version yesterday, pursuant to a judge’s order. New York magazine’s Vulture section was the first to report on the redacted suit, noting that it confirmed The Hollywood Reporter’s earlier conjecture that the suit involved the confidentiality agreement. The Enquirer got roped in for reporting on the allegations against him, which Cosby claims broke contractual obligations it had with him. Cosby is seeking damages, or repayment of money previously paid to the defendants in this suit — plus interest. Read more »

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