Cosby lawyers ask to exclude testimony on other women, pills
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:58
Bill Cosby waves to spectators gathered to watch his arrival to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown for his preliminary hearing on sexual assault May 24, 2016.
Cosby, in the deposition, said he had gotten seven prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s to give women before sex.
Prosecutors claimed Cosby provided incriminating testimony connected with a 2005 civil suit brought against him by Constand and they argued a jury should be permitted to hear that testimony.
A judge has already ruled that jurors will be chosen from the Pittsburgh area-due to the publicity surrounding the case-and will be sequestered in Montgomery County once the trial is underway. A new prosecutor reopened the case in 2015 after Cosby's deposition became public and more women came forward.
Prosecutors wanted to call up to 13 other woman to buttress Constand's testimony.
Cosby acknowledged in a decade-old deposition that he gave one woman quaaludes and a string of women alcohol or pills before sex.
In his answer, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele says despite the defendant's "forecast that jury selection could take two weeks" he believes it can be completed in an "expeditious fashion".
Their motion filed Tuesday asks O'Neill to exclude portions of the deposition that referenced specific accusers other than Constand, or sexual interactions with women in general.
"Any discussion of Quaaludes would only divert the jury away from its duty of weighing the evidence as to Ms. Constand, the only alleged victim". "They were part of a bygone era where the use of drugs for recreational purposes and in combination with casual sex was part of the culture; the days and the mores of the 1960s and 1970s are long forgotten, unfamiliar, and would not be acceptable today". Also, prosecutors claim those proposed questionnaires are an attempt to learn jurors' opinions or "glean what decisions they might make under a future set of facts developed at trial". Free on $100,000 cash bail, he could spend a maximum of 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted on all three charges.
O'Neill has scheduled a hearing Monday for argument about all pretrial motions, including the procedures for jury selection.