Cosby wants other ac­cusers to take com­pe­tency tests

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Bill Cosby’s lawyers ac­cused pros­e­cu­tors Mon­day of try­ing to use the “tainted, un­re­li­able mem­o­ries of women, now in their se­nior years” to build their sex­ual as­sault case against him and will seek com­pe­tency hear­ings on any ac­cusers al­lowed to tes­tify.

Pros­e­cu­tors hope to have 13 of about 60 known ac­cusers tes­tify to show a pat­tern of “prior bad acts” when Cosby, now 79 and blind, goes on trial next sum­mer on charges of drug­ging and mo­lest­ing a for­mer Tem­ple Univer­sity em­ployee in 2004. Courts can al­low the tes­ti­mony if it shows a very spe­cific “sig­na­ture” crime pat­tern.

On the eve of a pre­trial hear­ing to­day, Cosby’s lawyers said the women’s mem­o­ries have been marred by time, me­dia cov­er­age of the case and their friend­ship with one an­other.

The two sides will face off in court for two days to de­ter­mine what ev­i­dence can be used at the en­ter­tainer’s sched­uled felony trial in June.

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