Accused rapist and comedian, Bill Cosby, is a lucky man, but not that lucky. While he is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women, most of the alleged incidents took place too many years ago to be prosecuted, but the 78-year-old received some bad news on Monday. He will continue to stand trial for at least one of the accused crimes. If he’s convicted, he could serve up to 10 years in prison.
Cosby, 78, had argued that a previous district attorney granted him immunity in an unwritten deal, but a panel of judges on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court declined to hear the case after a lower court had rejected the comedian’s claim.
“We do not believe the defense had a right to appeal at this stage and we are gratified that court came to the same conclusion,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement.
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Cosby and his legal team are still hoping for a delay, but for now, the trial is about to start and it looks like the defense might be out of appeals.
But Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, whose office charged Cosby with aggravated indecent assault in December, said he was eager to proceed with a preliminary hearing at which prosecutors can lay out their case. No date had been set as of Monday night.
“We did not believe that the defense had a right to appeal at this stage, and we are gratified the court came to the same conclusion,” Steele said in a statement. “We are ready for [the preliminary] hearing and look forward to the court setting a date so we can present our case.”
50 women have come forth with similar stories of being drugged and molested by Cosby, but most accused incidents were before the statutes of limitations in their states. One, however, Andrea Constand, says her encounter with Cosby was in 2004. She filed a police report, but the District Attorney refused to do anything about it. That gave Cosby’s team the motive to try to rid itself of the case. They failed. If Cosby loses, he could face up to 10 years in prison, which means that he’d be almost 90 by the time he’s released, if he were to serve the full sentence.
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