STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania choose on Tuesday dominated that five other ladies who have accused comic Bill Cosby of sexual assault above the a long time could testify at his retrial on prices of drugging and assaulting a previous friend, supplying prosecutors an early earn.
Montgomery County Decide Steven O’Neill’s selection will very likely have a major impact on the 2nd demo of Cosby, 80, who is accused of attacking Andrea Constand, now 44, at his property near Philadelphia amongst Dec. 30, 2003, and Jan. 20, 2004. Jury selection for the subsequent demo commences on March 29.
The prosecution was minimal to calling a person other accuser in the first demo in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, Pennsylvania. It finished in June with a mistrial after the jury failed to attain a unanimous verdict pursuing six days of deliberations.
Constand, a previous administrator of the women’s basketball group at Temple College in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater, is a person of much more than 50 ladies who have accused him of sexual assaults, some courting back again decades.
All the promises but Constand’s are as well old to be the topic of criminal prosecution.
Prior to the allegations, Cosby was most effective recognised to Us citizens for his as the beloved Tv set dad in the 1980s strike “The Cosby Display.” He has continuously denied assaulting any person, saying all the encounters were being consensual.
“It displays how determined they are and that this is a incredibly weak case. Mr. Cosby is harmless of these prices,” his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said in a statement.
Prosecutors had sought to simply call 19 other accusers as witnesses to demonstrate the incident in shape a pattern of criminal conduct. Like quite a few other alleged victims, Constand has said Cosby gave her an intoxicant that left her disoriented and unable to prevent his advances.
O’Neill said prosecutors could pick five ladies from the eight accusers whose allegations are most modern, ranging from 1982 to 1996. Defence lawyers had argued that accusations courting back again to 1965 were being so old that they would be difficult to counter, specified Cosby’s age.
The accusers were being not named in court documents, but the descriptions of their accounts match those of various ladies who have arrive ahead, like model and tv temperament Janice Dickinson.
A defendant’s heritage normally is not admissible as evidence that he dedicated a distinct crime.
Cosby’s lawyers argued that permitting other accusers to testify would unfairly prejudice jurors, specially specified the #MeToo motion, which has inspired tens of millions of ladies to share activities of sexual abuse or harassment.
Further reporting by Joseph Ax in New York composing by Barbara Goldberg in New York editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis