The case against Bill Cosby, charged in a 12-year-old sexual assault, can proceed, a judge ruled. Cosby’s lawyers had argued that he had been granted immunity years ago.
“The case now moves to a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try the 78-year-old Cosby on charges he drugged and violated former Temple University athletic department employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004,” the Associated Press reports. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Cosby’s lawyers sought a dismissal of the Pennsylvania case and claimed the prosecutor is using the matter for political gain.
As the legal proceeding unfold, Cosby continues to face recriminations in the court of public opinion. He recently was stripped of another honorary degree, this time from George Washington University.
He already was stripped of the honorary degree bestowed upon him by Boston University and Atlanta’s Spelman College moved to distance itself from the comedian, actor and celebrity pitchman. The school announced last year it would end a professorship tied to Cosby and return the money.