Bargaining

Bill Cosby’s attorneys say actor was promised immunity that should be honored

(REUTERS/Mark Makela)

Bill Cosby’s attorneys went on the offensive Monday in trying to get criminal charges against the TV actor dismissed. Lawyers filed paperwork claiming that Cosby was promised by prosecutors in an earlier civil case that he would not be criminally charged, but that a new prosecutor who recently won election in Montgomery County, Penn., is ignoring that in order to pursue the charges.

Cosby is charged with sexual assault from an incident with a Temple University employee that took place in 2004. He testified about the incident during the civil suit, during which the alleged promise was made. The suit was settled in 2006, according to the Associated Press. Cosby’s legal team said that the former prosecutor who allegedly made the bargain has since died, and the new prosecutor should honor the promise. A judge has not yet ruled on the filing.

“A citizen’s constitutional rights cannot be thwarted by politically motivated prosecutors willing to break agreements made by their predecessors,” Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle wrote. “The commonwealth’s agreement must be enforced, and the charges dismissed.”

Read the full story at the Associated Press.

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