Bill Cosby Loses Appeal to Halt His Case

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case is one step closer to trial.

The AP reports that a Pennsylvania judge denied the disgraced comedian a halt on his criminal proceedings in order to ask the state Superior Court to review a pretrial issue. During a court hearing earlier in the month regarding the drugging and violation of  former Temple employee, Andrea Constand, Cosby’s defense insisted that a former district attorney promised that he would never be charged for this instance. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill denied this claim due to insufficient evidence, so Cosby’s lawyers requested an immediate appeal of the issue to the Superior Court that would have delayed the March 8 preliminary hearing. This petition was turned down on Tuesday (Feb. 16).

However, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that two petitions were filed; one to the judge and another one directly to the Superior Court. The latter remains pending, meaning that Cosby’s camp will still go to trial on March 8 if it is also denied.

Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Cosby appearing at his court hearing earlier this month.