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Judge Defends Decision to Deny Cosby Pre-Trial Appeal



    Judge Defends Denying Bill Cosby Appeal

    comedian Bill Cosby asked for a pretrial appeal in the sexual assault case filed against him. (Published Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016)

    A Pennsylvania judge is defending his decision to deny Bill Cosby a pretrial appeal over a key defense issue in his sexual-assault case.

    Cosby wants an appeals court to reconsider his motion to have the case thrown out before trial. He says he had a promise from a former prosecutor he would never be charged.

    Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill has found no evidence of such an agreement.

    The judge said in a memo Wednesday there's no pressing reason to delay the case while Cosby appeals. He says Cosby can file a post-trial appeal if he's convicted.

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    Cosby is due in court March 8 for a preliminary hearing.

    He is accused of drugging and molesting a former Temple University employee at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has denied any wrongdoing.