Bill Cosby Will Stand Trial For Sexual Assault Charges
A Pennsylvania judge denied Cosby's last-ditch request to dismiss the charges.By Eugene Daniels | July 7, 2016
A judge in Pennsylvania has denied a last-ditch effort by Bill Cosby's lawyers to have criminal sexual assault charges dismissed. That means Cosby will face the charges in court.
Cosby's attorneys were back in court Thursday hoping for a chance to cross-examine his accuser, Andrea Constand, before trial — and to get the case thrown out. At this point, only a statement from Constand has been read in court.
Prosecutors said there was no reason for Constand to appear during a preliminary hearing because "we're not going to re-traumatize victims at preliminary hearings." A 2013 ruling allows hearsay evidence in preliminary hearings for that exact reason.