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Pennsylvania governor to let state budget become law

July 10, 2017 By David DeKok (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said on Monday he would allow an unbalanced budget of just under $32 billion to become law at midnight after state lawmakers failed to agree on a plan to close a $2 billion deficit. Wolf had 10 days from June 30th to either sign or veto the legislation. He chose to let it become law automatically at midnight without his signature. The legislature approved the spending part of the budget June 30th, beating a July 1 deadline by…

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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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Cosby plans sex assault talks, accusers’ lawyer cries foul

June 22, 2017 By Scott Malone (Reuters) – Bill Cosby plans to conduct a series of free public seminars about sexual assault this summer, his spokesman said days after a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial in the entertainer’s sexual assault trial. A lawyer for 33 women who have accused former star of the 1980s TV hit “The Cosby Show” of sexual assault criticized the move as an apparent attempt to interfere with his expected retrial on charges of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in the Philadelphia in 2004….

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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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Cosby jury to return on Friday to try to break deadlock

June 16, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial concluded their fourth day of deliberation on Thursday, unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the three charges against the entertainer. Judge Steven O’Neill in Norristown, Pennsylvania, sent the jurors, many of whom looked exhausted, back to their hotel a few minutes after 9 p.m. on Thursday after praising them for their efforts. The jury has completed about 40 hours of deliberations, including three consecutive 12-hour days, without reaching an unanimous verdict…

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Cosby sex assault jury ends third day of without verdict

June 15, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The jurors deciding comedian Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual assault trial delved into his accuser’s account on Wednesday, their third day of deliberations, but failed to reach a verdict. The jury was dismissed for the night at about 9 p.m. (0100 GMT). The court reporter read back portions of Andrea Constand’s testimony describing how Cosby drugged her and then sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. Later in the day, the jury reviewed Cosby’s six-hour 2005 police…

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No verdict yet in Cosby trial after 1-1/2 days of jury deliberations

June 14, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The jury deciding Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual assault trial adjourned on Tuesday after 16 hours of deliberations over 1-1/2 days failed to produce a verdict. The jurors in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reviewed the entertainer’s account as well as that of his accuser during a long day on Tuesday. Several members of the jury of seven men and five women looked exhausted as they filed into court around 9:20 p.m. to be dismissed for the night. Earlier in the day,…

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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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Prosecutors seek to use Cosby’s words against him at sex assault trial

June 8, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Prosecutors on Thursday sought to use Bill Cosby’s words against him at his sexual assault trial, showing interviews to jurors in which the comedian acknowledged giving his accuser pills before engaging in what he described as consensual “petting.” The introduction of Cosby’s own statements on the trial’s fourth day marked a new phase of the case after days of testimony from two of his accusers. Cosby, 79, faces charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former employee…

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Alleged victim’s mother: Cosby said he was a ‘sick man’

June 8, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Bill Cosby told the mother of the woman who has accused him of sexual assault that he was a “sick man” and apologized, the mother testified on Wednesday at the comedian’s criminal trial. Gianna Constand, Andrea Constand’s mother, told a Pennsylvania jury that she had a 2-1/2-hour phone conversation with Cosby after her daughter told her about the alleged 2004 assault a year after it happened. “He admitted he was a sick man,” she said, as the 79-year-old entertainer, sat…

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