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NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania— Amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington. But the pope’s gentle words and lack of condemnation angered those who feel top Catholic leaders continue to shirk responsibility for the global crisis. Among those frustrated by the pope’s announcement Friday was Pennsylvania Attorney … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Cosby lawyers ask court to void conviction, prison sentence

NORRISTOWN, Pa  — Bill Cosby’s lawyers want a court to overturn the actor’s conviction and three- to 10-year sentence in his Pennsylvania sex assault case because of what they call a string of trial errors. The defense motion argues that trial Judge Steven O’Neill erred in declaring Cosby a sexually violent predator who should be … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Cosby lawyers ask court to void conviction, prison sentence

NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Cosby to serve sentence at Philly-area prison

NORRISTOWN, Pa.— The Latest on the sentencing of Bill Cosby (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Pennsylvania corrections officials say Bill Cosby will serve his sentence at a new state prison in the Philadelphia suburbs. The Department of Corrections provided details of Cosby’s incarceration Wednesday, one day after the 81-year-old comedian was sentenced to three to … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Cosby to serve sentence at Philly-area prison

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Judge weighs Cosby’s sentence after declaring him ‘predator’

NORRISTOWN, Pa — A judge declared Bill Cosby a “sexually violent predator” on Tuesday as he prepared to sentence the 81-year-old comedian for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago. The classification means that Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities. His name … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Judge weighs Cosby’s sentence after declaring him ‘predator’

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby’s day of reckoning arrives in court

NORRISTOWN, Pa  — A judge declared Bill Cosby a “sexually violent predator” on Tuesday as a first step toward sentencing the 81-year-old comedian for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago. The classification means that Cosby must undergo monthly counseling for the rest of his life and report quarterly to authorities. His … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby’s day of reckoning arrives in court

NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Defense expert says Cosby unlikely to reoffend

NORRISTOWN, Pa— The Latest on Bill Cosby‘s sentencing hearing (all times local): 11:35 a.m. A judge has ruled that Bill Cosby is a “sexually violent predator.” The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims. Judge … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Defense expert says Cosby unlikely to reoffend

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | The Latest: Cosby not expected to make courtroom statement

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The Latest on Bill Cosby‘s sentencing hearing (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Bill Cosby doesn’t plan to make a statement in court before he’s sentenced for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. Cosby returned to a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Tuesday to learn his fate for the 2004 attack. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | The Latest: Cosby not expected to make courtroom statement

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby’s day of reckoning arrives

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Facing the possibility of prison at 81, Bill Cosby arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Tuesday to learn his punishment for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago in what led to the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to give the … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby’s day of reckoning arrives

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Judge to decide if Cosby goes to prison for ’04 sex assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa — Bill Cosby faced the start of a sentencing hearing Monday at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who blazed the trail for other black entertainers and donated millions to black causes but preyed on at least one young woman and perhaps many more. Cosby was the first … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Judge to decide if Cosby goes to prison for ’04 sex assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday

NORRISTOWN, Pa.— Bill Cosby’s trial judge is rejecting a defense motion to step down from the sex assault case before Monday’s sentencing hearing in suburban Philadelphia. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill has seen the case through two trials, hard-fought pretrial hearings and 15 defense lawyers since Cosby’s arrest in late 2015. Camille Cosby argues in … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Judge nixes Cosby request to step down; sentencing Monday

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Cosby fighting classification as sexually violent predator

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby’s lawyers are challenging the legality of the process under which a Pennsylvania board recommended he be classified as a sexually violent predator. They also claimed in a court filing last week that the state’s recently revised sex offender registry law is unconstitutional and should not be applied retroactively. The 81-year-old … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Cosby fighting classification as sexually violent predator

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Prosecutors: Bill Cosby sexual-assault conviction will stand

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The prosecutors who put Bill Cosby away say they’re confident the conviction at his suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault retrial will stand. Kristen Feden and Stewart Ryan spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday about the nearly three-year journey from reopening the case to last Thursday’s verdict and how they restructured their approach … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Prosecutors: Bill Cosby sexual-assault conviction will stand

NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Cosby lashes out after guilty verdict

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Bill Cosby is lashing out at prosecutors after a jury convicted him of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby stood up and erupted after jurors left the courtroom. He used an expletive to refer to District Attorney … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Cosby lashes out after guilty verdict

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad. Cosby, 80, could end up spending his … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Jury focuses on Cosby’s star witness; his lawyers face heat

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial kicked off the a second day of deliberations by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who said accuser Andrea Constand once spoke of framing a prominent person to score a big payday. The seven men and five women were to have Marguerite … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Jury focuses on Cosby’s star witness; his lawyers face heat

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | No verdict from Cosby jury; defense lawyers slammed

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case ended a marathon first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict Wednesday as his lawyers came under heavy criticism for what some called a blatant attempt to “victim-shame” the parade of women who have leveled accusations against the 80-year-old comedian. In the first big … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | No verdict from Cosby jury; defense lawyers slammed

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | The Latest: Cosby jury ends Day 1 without a verdict

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial have finished their first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. The jury outside Philadelphia worked more than 10 hours before calling it a night late Wednesday. Judge Steven O’Neill told them, … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | The Latest: Cosby jury ends Day 1 without a verdict

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Bill Cosby’s lawyers get slammed by advocates for women

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The sexual assault case against Bill Cosby went to the jury Wednesday as his lawyers came under heavy criticism for what some called a blatant attempt to “victim-shame” the parade of women who have leveled accusations against the 80-year-old comedian. In the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, the … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Bill Cosby’s lawyers get slammed by advocates for women

NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Cosby jury asks for definition of consent

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Deliberating jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case have asked their first question of the judge. The jury returned to a suburban Philadelphia courtroom less than two hours into its deliberations to ask for the legal definition of … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Cosby jury asks for definition of consent

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Jury gets case after Cosby painted as predator, victim

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case began deliberating Wednesday in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, weighing charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home 14 years ago. The panel of seven men and five women got the case after receiving final … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Jury gets case after Cosby painted as predator, victim

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Jury to deliberate after Cosby painted as predator, victim

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments that portrayed the comedian both as a calculating predator who’s finally being brought to justice and the victim of a multimillion-dollar frame-up by a “pathological liar.” The seven men and five women sequestered … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Jury to deliberate after Cosby painted as predator, victim

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | The Latest: Cosby arrives at courthouse with wife Camille

NORRISTOWN, Pa. |  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Bill Cosby has arrived for the 12th day of his sexual assault retrial, accompanied for the first time by his wife of 54 years. The 80-year-old and his wife, Camille, didn’t talk to reporters as they … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | The Latest: Cosby arrives at courthouse with wife Camille

NORRISTOWN, Pa.| Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist’s mark

NORRISTOWN, Pa.|  April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The jury that will start deliberating Bill Cosby’s fate on Tuesday has heard the comedian described over the past two weeks both as a “serial rapist” and a con artist’s victim. They have seen a parade of accusers testify that the man once revered as “America’s Dad” had a secret … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa.| Cosby jury to decide: Serial rapist or con artist’s mark

NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Prosecutors downplay Cosby travel records

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Prosecutors are highlighting gaps in Bill Cosby’s travel records. Defense lawyers say the travel records prove he wasn’t at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004 — the month his chief accuser alleges he drugged … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Prosecutors downplay Cosby travel records

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion

NORRISTOWN, Pa | April 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Jurors weren’t allowed to hear testimony that Bill Cosby’s chief accuser was once hooked on hallucinogenic mushrooms or had her sights set on becoming a millionaire, but that hasn’t stopped the defense from airing the explosive claims about Andrea Constand in the court of public opinion. With … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion

NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Defense says schedules show Cosby wasn’t around

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | April 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): Noon Jurors are seeing Bill Cosby’s travel records as his lawyers make the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in the month he’s accused of drugging and molesting a woman there. Cosby’s lawyers are … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | The Latest: Defense says schedules show Cosby wasn’t around

NORRISTOWN, Pa | Judge delays ruling on Cosby accuser’s confidante

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | April 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Bill Cosby’s lawyers want jurors at his sexual assault retrial to hear from accuser Andrea Constand’s confidante before deliberations get underway next week — but they’re having trouble getting the woman to cooperate. Sheri Williams has been unreachable, Cosby’s lawyers said Friday, asking a judge for permission to … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa | Judge delays ruling on Cosby accuser’s confidante

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Cosby lawyers want jurors to hear from accuser’s confidante

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Bill Cosby’s lawyers are scrambling to make sure jurors at his sexual assault retrial hear from accuser Andrea Constand’s confidante before deliberations get underway next week — but they’re having trouble getting the woman to cooperate. Sheri Williams isn’t responding to subpoena attempts, Cosby’s lawyers said. Now they’re … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Cosby lawyers want jurors to hear from accuser’s confidante

NORRISTOWN, Pa. | At trial, experts debate drug Cosby gave to his accuser

NORRISTOWN, Pa.  | April 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)It’s long been one of the most enduring mysteries of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case: What drug did he give his chief accuser on the night she says he molested her? Cosby has insisted he handed 1 ½ tablets of the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to Andrea … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | At trial, experts debate drug Cosby gave to his accuser