Bill Cosby appeared in court today before Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O’Neill as his lawyers argued that the charges against him should be dismissed.
Cosby attorneys argued that he was denied his due process right to confront his accuser at the preliminary hearing. Judge O’Neill says the trial will move forward and that Cosby will not get a new preliminary hearing.
Bill Cosby is facing up to 30 years in jail for an alleged sexual assault from 2004, which then the former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor never charged him, and still stand by his decision based on the reports and facts surrounding the alleged assault.
Castor also testified that the state would never charge Cosby, stating “Authorities found insufficient “credible, and admissible evidence … upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby could be sustained beyond a reasonable doubt,” Castor said that without evidence to corroborate Constand’s story, criminal justice was not realistic. That’s how the settlement came, Castor did, however, want to see Constand become a millionaire and made it possible by taking away Cosby’s Fifth Amendment rights in any “subsequent civil proceedings.”
Cosby’s rights were revoked in the civil proceedings and Constand settled for an undisclosed amount of money in 2006. After Cosby’s deposition was released in July 2015, Castor said that Constand story changed.
It seems like the judiciary system and the court of public opinion is against Bill Cosby, but the comedian, actor and philanthropist is far from finished and is fighting for justice and to be vindicated.
Bill Cosby’s attorneys are on a mission to prove his innocence… Shortly after the ruling Cosby’s attorney released the following statement:
“Once again the Prosecution had the opportunity and the obligation to place Mr. Cosby’s accuser under oath so that we can search for the truth but they refused. In this Courthouse and in this State, we have always protected the liberty of our citizens by requiring accusations like these to be tested by an examination under oath but not today.
Today a man who has meant so much to so many; a man who has given so much to so many; has had his constitutional rights trampled on. We truly believe that our Supreme Court will right this wrong and reverse this decision so that we can finish the mission of proving Mr. Cosby’s innocence.”