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Cosby says he has no plans for ‘sexual assault tour’

June 28, 2017 By Dana Feldman and Joseph Ax LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill Cosby said on Tuesday he has no plans to hold town hall events to discuss sexual assault, days after his spokesman suggested the comedian planned a series of public talks to educate men about how to avoid false accusations. Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, first put forward the idea for the town hall talks in an interview with a Birmingham, Alabama, TV station last week, five days after Cosby’s sex assault trial ended in a hung…

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Judge says San Francisco can subpoena Uber for driver information

June 23, 2017 By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California state judge said on Thursday that San Francisco can demand from Uber records containing the ride-hailing company’s driver contact information, the city attorney said. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera last month sought a court order compelling Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] to comply with the city’s demands for information about the company’s drivers. The city Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office wants the names, addresses and driver’s license numbers of Uber’s drivers. Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer in San…

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Parenting expert sues Disney, says it stole ‘Inside Out’ idea

June 21, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A parenting and child development specialist has sued Walt Disney Co and its Pixar unit, accusing them of stealing from her the concept for their 2015 blockbuster movie, “Inside Out.” In a complaint filed on Monday in Los Angeles federal court, Denise Daniels said the animated film, featuring color-coded characters representing individual human emotions, mirrors a children’s program called “The Moodsters” that she conceived and pitched to Disney every year from 2005 to 2009. Daniels, who lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities area…

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Cosby deadlock makes task of finding second jury even more difficult

June 19, 2017 By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – Now that Bill Cosby’s first sex assault trial has ended in deadlock, the difficulty of seating an unbiased jury for the famed entertainer’s retrial may have ratcheted higher, thanks to blanket media coverage of the sensational case, legal experts say. Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill has kept secret the names of the 12 jurors who spent 52 hours in an unsuccessful effort to decide whether Cosby, now 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his…

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Mistrial declared in Cosby sex assault case after days of deliberations

June 18, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania prosecutors vowed to retry comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after a jury on Saturday failed to render a unanimous verdict despite 52 hours of deliberations in a case that echoed accusations made by dozens of women against him. Judge Steven O’Neill, of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, declared a mistrial on Saturday morning following a note from jurors saying that they were hopelessly deadlocked on three counts of aggravated sexual assault. The result was a…

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Despite mistrial in criminal case, civil lawsuits await Cosby

June 17, 2017 By Brendan Pierson (Reuters) – Although Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial on Saturday, his legal problems persist as he faces assault and defamation claims in civil lawsuits, where the bar for evidence is lower than in criminal cases. In civil lawsuits in the United States, plaintiffs need only show that the weight of evidence is on their side, meaning they have information to tip the scales above 50 percent in their favor, as opposed to criminal cases in which prosecutors must prove claims…

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Jury begins deliberations in Bill Cosby sex assault trial

June 13, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Jurors began deliberating at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial on Monday after a weeklong proceeding in Pennsylvania that saw prosecutors and defense lawyers paint starkly different portraits of the once-beloved comedian. The jury discussed the case for about four hours before adjourning at 9:30 p.m. (0130 GMT), after both sides delivered their closing arguments earlier in the day. Montgomery District Attorney Kevin Steele told jurors Cosby’s own words, given to police and in a deposition more than a decade ago,…

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Cosby gave sedatives to young women, jurors hear at sex assault trial

June 10, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial on Friday saw the entertainer’s own sworn statements that he gave young women sedatives before engaging in sexual activity with them. Pennsylvania prosecutors completed their case against Cosby after five days of testimony aimed at portraying the comedian as a serial predator. The trial was set to resume on Monday with the defense’s case. Cosby, 79, previously said he does not expect to testify, though his spokesman Andrew Wyatt said that could still…

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Polanski’s rape victim says closing 1977 case would be ‘act of mercy’

June 9, 2017 By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Samantha Geimer, the woman film director Roman Polanski admitted raping when she was a teenager 40 years ago, pleaded for his case to be resolved on Friday, saying she had forgiven him years ago. Making her first public appearance at a court hearing in the case, Geimer, who was 13 years old when Polanski assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977, said she had wanted the criminal case against the film director closed for decades. “I would implore you to…

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Supreme Court limits SEC’s power to recover ill-gotten gains

June 5, 2017 By Sarah N. Lynch and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday scaled back the Securities and Exchange Commission’s power to recover ill-gotten profits from defendants’ misconduct, handing Wall Street firms a victory and dealing another blow to the regulator’s enforcement powers. In a 9-0 ruling, the Supreme Court found that the SEC’s recovery remedy known as “disgorgement” is subject to a five-year statute of limitations. The justices sided with New Mexico-based investment adviser Charles Kokesh, who previously was ordered by a judge…

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