Bill Cosby Files Motion to Have Sexual Assault Charges Dropped, Citing Prejudice, Bias

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Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing, May 24, 2016, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty Images)

Bill Cosby’s lawyers have launched their most comprehensive effort to date to have the sexual assault charges against him dropped, arguing that various factors “created a perfect storm of  prejudice, bias, and delay” that requires the dismissal of the charges against the entertainer.

The motion, filed Thursday in the Pennsylvania court where Cosby is facing trial for a 2004 incident involving then-Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand, argues that the delay in bringing charges has prejudiced the jury and violated Cosby’s due-process rights.

It also cites what the defense alleges was an agreement made more than a decade ago by a former Montgomery County district attorney not to prosecute Cosby, while simultaneously alleging that civil-trial documents that help fuel the prosecution’s case were improperly unsealed.

The combination of those factors demands that the “stale charges against Bill Cosby” be dropped says the motion, penned by lead Cosby attorney Brian McMonagle and running some 30 pages.

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