The long-delayed effort to prosecute
Even so, Cosby's criminal trial is still a long way off:no later than June 2017, to be exact. However, his lawyers are not done yet attempting to get the case thrown out.
That campaign suffered a setback Wednesday, when a Pennsylvania appeals court upheld a ruling by Judge
The comedian's lawyers argued, unsuccessfully, that he had a right to confront and cross-examine accuser Andrea Constand in person.
Cosby's lead lawyer, Brian McMonagle, says he hopes to join an appeal related to this dispute — about when accusers must appear in court — which is pending before the state supreme court.
Cosby's legal team has filed multiple motions at various court levels and citing various grounds in attempting to get the charges (three counts of aggravated sexual assault) dismissed; he has lost each time.
Their latest motion, filed last week, argued that Cosby was deprived of his due process rights because the charges were filed 11 years after the alleged crime, when witnesses have died and the 79-year-old comedian is ailing, nearly blind and suffering memory problems.
By that point, five dozen women had accused Cosby of drugging and/or raping them in encounters going back several decades.
Cosby has denied all the accusations and has pleaded not guilty in the criminal case — the only case of criminal charges filed against him since the allegations first resurfaced in October 2014.
Contributing: The Associated Press