If Bill Cosby thought he'd be able to get rid of the criminal charges filed against him before going to trial, he was dead wrong. It seems the judge at the Montgomery County court, where his case is being tried, is intent on holding him accountable for his alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
Soon after the charges were filed, Cosby's attorneys tried hard to get them dismissed based on an alleged deal a former prosecutor made with Cosby back in 2005, stating that he would not face criminal charges if he agreed to a deposition in a civil suit brought on by Constand. The current judge ruled last week that no such agreement would be honored because the deal was never officially recognized by the court.
Now, the judge presiding over the case is even requesting the higher courts that Cosby not be allowed to appeal the decision not to throw out the charges. Cosby's team, of course, is trying to take their plea for dismissal to the very top. The judge writes in an opinion that Cosby's issues "do not involve questions of basic human rights and are not issues of great public importance" and therefore should not be granted an appeal, which would significantly delay his prosecution.
In short, the judge wants Cosby to have his day in court as soon as possible.
It seems like the message his been received, because Cosby is clearing his plate of other legal issues to prepare for his criminal trial. His team announced on Thursday that he's dropping his defamation lawsuit against Beverly Johnson, who was one of the many women to come forward and accuse him of sexual misconduct. According to TMZ, Cosby's lawyers still maintain they will refile the suit once his criminal trial is over.
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