Prosecutors quarrel to use Cosby’s possess difference during Jun trial

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. Lawyers for comedian Bill Cosby and Pennsylvania prosecutors clashed in justice on Monday over either his possess difference can be used opposite him during his passionate attack hearing in June.

Prosecutors are seeking to use countless statements they contend uncover Cosby’s eagerness to use intoxicants to impair women before assaulting them.

“This justification demonstrates that he thinks it’s OK to give women drugs in sequence to have sex with them,” Assistant District Attorney M. Stewart Ryan told Judge Steven O’Neill of a Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County in Norristown, usually west of Philadelphia.

But Cosby’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle, indicted prosecutors of perplexing a “back-door play” that would effectively let them deliver justification of other passionate attack allegations separate to a box involving Andrea Constand, a former basketball manager during Temple University who indicted Cosby of giving her pills in 2004 that left her incompetent to resist.

More than 50 women have intended accusations during a 79-year-old Cosby, some stretching behind decades. But a Pennsylvania box is a usually rapist charge he has faced to date.

Cosby, whose career and rational picture were cracked by a accusations, has pronounced each passionate confront was consensual.

During sworn depositions taken after Constand sued Cosby, a hostess concurred receiving medication sedatives in a 1970s to give to immature women.

Prosecutors pronounced they should be authorised to use excerpts from Cosby’s journal and statements he done in a 1991 radio interview, in that he described a energy of an aphrodisiac called “Spanish fly” to put women in a “mood.”

But Cosby’s lawyers pronounced a deposition testimony had zero to do with Constand and a “Spanish fly” comments were jokes, not evidence.

“It was comedy,” McMonagle told O’Neill. “It was not an admission.”

Meanwhile, McMonagle pronounced he would criticise Constand’s credit by portraying her polite lawsuit as an try to get money.

But he asked O’Neill to bar a charge from mentioning a successive polite settlement, in that Cosby paid her an undisclosed sum in sell for her agreement not to concur with destiny law coercion efforts.

Prosecutors, however, pronounced they should be authorised to move adult a understanding to plead a defense’s attempts to assail Constand’s motives.

Jury preference will start subsequent month in Pittsburgh, hundreds of miles away. O’Neill formerly concluded to empanel jurors from another county since of pretrial publicity. The jury will be in Norristown for a approaching dual weeks of trial.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Grant McCool)

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