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The case against Bill Cosby may be about to fall apart

A decade-old agreement could end the case.

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BILL COSBY MAY be about to walk free from a criminal case in which a woman accuses him of sexual assault.

Last month, Cosby was charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago. This is the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America’s Dad.

Today, a CNN report says that that case could fall apart due to a decade-old agreement that Cosby wouldn’t be prosecuted.

The network has obtained an email sent by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor to his successor Risa Vetri Ferman which outlines a verbal agreement with Cosby’s lawyers.

The agreement surrounds a civil case in which Cosby was deposed in 2005. Castor says that he agreed not to use the deposition in a criminal case in order to help Cosby’s accuser, Andrea Constand, win the civil case.

Cosby gave a deposition after the woman sued him, claiming she never told him to stop. But police now say that’s because she was “frozen,” ”paralyzed,” and “in and out of consciousness.”

In the email, Castor writes:

I can see no possibility that Cosby’s deposition could be used in a state criminal case, because I would have to testify as to what happened, and the deposition would be subject to suppression.

“I cannot believe any state court judge would allow that deposition into evidence.”

The deposition is considered a key piece of evidence used to reopen the case against the comedian.

The new District Attorney in the case, however, is undeterred. Kevin Steele told CNN:

“There is a specific legal method to grant immunity. That was not done in 2005.”

Comments are closed as this case is before the courts

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