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Yet Another Pretrial Hearing for Bill Cosby's Rape Case
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7 Mar 2018 04:09 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Bill Cosby (Image Source: Public Domain)

It's beginning to seem like this case is going to drag on for years, or at least the end of Bill Cosby's natural life.

The 80-year-old comedian was initially accused in 2014 and 2015 by nearly 60 women of drugging and/or raping them, and one of those cases has gone to trial. But after a hung jury the first time around, the retrial is just getting delay after delay.

In truth, Cosby was initially accused a decade before the nearly 60 women came forward. Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University's women's basketball program, accused him of plying her with pills to knock her out and then sexually assaulting her in his home. His version of events states it was consensual.

She initially brought a lawsuit against him, but it was later settled. He was arrested in December 2015 and charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania. After he used up all possible delays, the case was tried but ended in a hung jury. The state of Pennsylvania pledged to retry him. That was supposed to start last November, but again, there have been many delays.

On Tuesday, a judge heard the defense argue that the prosecution withheld evidence and that the alleged assault didn't happen within the 12-year statute of limitations in Illinois. Additionally, the defense wants the victim's colleague, who says Constand once talked about falsifying a claim of abuse against Cosby, to be allowed to testify.

In the first trial last year only one other accuser, Kelley Johnson was allowed to testify. The district attorney had originally asked that 13 women be allowed. Tuesday, he asked for 19 women to be allowed at the second trial.

Cosby's legal team has changed throughout the years of his defense, but currently, Thomas Mesereau, the former attorney for Michael Jackson, is leading his defense. Samuel Silver of Philadephia and Becky James of Los Angeles are joining him. They are trying once again to get the charges dismissed.

The comedian's daughter Ensa died just last month of renal failure while waiting for a kidney transplant. His only son, Ennis, was murdered in 1997 while changing a flat tire on a Los Angeles highway. He has three remaining children and three grandchildren.

Jury selection for the second trial is set to begin on March 29.

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