On Wednesday, a Pennsylvania judge dismissed Bill Cosby’s request to have charges in the sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004 against him dismissed. Cosby’s lawyers had argued that prosecutors had granted the disgraced comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago. When former Temple University employee Constand reported being assaulted by the comedian in her home to authorities back in 2005, the Montgomery County district attorney at the time, Bruce Castor, declined to press sexual assault charges because of “insufficient credible and admissible evidence.” Cosby then later testified in Constand’s civil lawsuit against him, with the understanding that he would not be prosecuted. His statements in that deposition, however, were unsealed last year and brought in as “new evidence” when the district attorney’s office reopened the investigation in December last year.
Cosby’s lawyers believe that the court’s decision now to not dismiss the case was “wrong” and said they would appeal the ruling. The judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing on March 8, where it will be determined whether prosecutors have enough evidence to put Cosby on trial. If convicted, the 78-year old disgraced comedian could face up to 10 years in prison.