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Pennsylvania Judge Sets Hearing Dates for Key Issues in Bill Cosby’s Criminal Case

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A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, judge set hearing dates on three key issues in the lone criminal sexual assault case against entertainer Bill Cosby.

At issue are: whether or not his depositions in a civil suit will be allowed in as evidence, whether the testimony of 13 other accusers will be admitted and whether Cosby’s due process rights were violated by the lengthy delay in bringing charges against the entertainer after the alleged crime, which took place in 2004.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill set those hearings dates for Nov. 2 and 3 and Dec. 13 and 14, respectively, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand, now 43, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004.

He was arrested on Dec. 30, 2015. O’Neill set a trial date for next June.

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He has denied similar allegations from more than 50 women.

On Wednesday, he lost his latest bid to throw out the criminal sex assault case against him when the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Constand did not have to testify in person at the entertainer’s preliminary hearing last May, despite Cosby’s attorneys’ arguments saying he had a right to confront his accuser at the proceeding.