Many people were stunned when comedian and entertainer, Bill Cosby, was accused of numerous cases of sexual assault a couple years ago. Fans had a difficult time connecting Cosby – who is perhaps best known for his family-centered 1980s television sitcom – with such disturbing offenses. Over time, more than 50 women have come forward, claiming Cosby drugged and assaulted them.
Recently, Cosby has been dealt legal blows in both civil and criminal court. In April 2016, a California judge refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit against Cosby. The same week, a federal judge in New York ruled against the comedian in his bid to force a magazine publisher to give him and his legal defense team access to interviews of six plaintiffs suing him in separate cases. He has also been named in nine other civil lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who accuse him of defaming them after they came forward with allegations of sexual assault.
Criminal Case to Proceed in Pennsylvania
Although it initially appeared Cosby would not face criminal charges for the alleged assaults, a Pennsylvania appeals court recently ruled against Cosby in a criminal sexual assault case in the state. So far, the Pennsylvania case is the only criminal case filed against the comedian.
Many have wondered how Cosby can face criminal charges after so much time has passed. In the Pennsylvania case, for example, the alleged assault took place in 2004. Because the statute of limitations for sexual assault in Pennsylvania is 12 years, the case was filed just in time to avoid being time-barred. Statutes of limitation can range from just a few months to decades, depending on the statute governing the case. In some cases, such as Cosby’s, a defendant can face charges years after the alleged crime took place.
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Sexual assault allegations can immediately derail a person’s career and relationships. People in the public eye aren’t the only ones who need aggressive criminal defense. If you are facing a sexual assault prosecution, you need an attorney with the skill and experience to help you fight back against the charges. Your life and your future are important. Don’t leave them to chance. Call Razumich Law, P.C. today at (317) 983-5333 for a free consultation.
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