Official Date for Bill Cosby Retrial Set In April 2018
Originally set to begin in November, a Pennsylvania Court has pushed back the date of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial to April 2, 2018 to give his new legal time more time to prepare.
“It is hereby Ordered that Attorneys and the Defendant are directed to appear for trail at 9:00 AM in Courtroom ‘A’ and to remain available until the conclusion of the case unless excused by the court,” said Judge Steven O’Neill’s order.
Cosby, now 80, could serve up to a decade behind bars if found guilty of the three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault, in the alleged rape of Andrea Costand in 2004.
Cosby is expected to attend the trial, which is estimated to take a week and a half. Costand is expected to testify.
Despite admitting in depositions more than a decade ago to giving Constand Benadryl pills on the night of the alleged assault in his Philadelphia home, Cosby’s new lead attorney Thomas Mesereau sees the prosecution’s case as weak.
“The alleged victim had some problems with her testimony,” Mesereau stated last June before being hired by Cosby. “As reported to me,” he went on, “she apparently told police she had not had contact with him after the alleged incident and they found 72 phone calls. They also found evidence that she apparently had been in contact with him, went back to see him…went to a concert. If these things are true and she made misstatements to the police that could have affected a lot of jurists in terms of her credibility.”
In a separate case, filed by Attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Judy Huth (who says the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion 42 years ago when she was 15), L.A. Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan continued the court date to December 3, 2018 to give yet another set of Cosby attorneys time to come up to speed.
“Mr. Cosby may change lawyers as often as he desires but he can’t change the facts, including the fact that many women allege that he drugged and sexually assaulted them,” said Allred of the postponement. “Mr. Cosby is just like Humpty Dumpty in Mother Goose’s nursery rhyme,” she scornfully asserted of the actor. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a big fall,” she added. “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.”