Cosby de­fense team grow­ing again

Lead lawyer asks judge to al­low Cal­i­for­nia at­tor­ney to join de­fense

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN >> Just weeks after sev­eral high-pow­ered lawyers ex­ited the de­fense team rep­re­sent­ing en­ter­tainer Bill Cosby against sex­ual as­sault charges, the lead lo­cal lawyer has asked a judge to al­low an­other Cal­i­for­nia lawyer to join the team.

De­fense lawyer Brian J. McMona­gle filed a pe­ti­tion in Mont­gomery County Court on Tues­day ask­ing a judge to al­low lawyer An­gela C. Agrusa, of Los An­ge­les, to be ad­mit­ted “for the lim­ited pur­pose of as­sist­ing in the rep­re­sen­ta­tion” of Cosby.

Un­der Penn­syl­va­nia Bar Ad­mis­sion Rules, lawyers or ad­vo­cates who are qual­i­fied to prac­tice in the courts of an­other state may be “spe­cially ad­mit­ted to the Bar of this com­mon­wealth for pur­poses lim­ited to a par­tic­u­lar mat­ter,” ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments filed by McMona­gle.

In the event of Agrusa’s spe­cial ad­mis­sion, “Mr. McMona­gle re­mains the at­tor­ney of record in this case…,” court papers spell out.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill is likely to ap­prove the re­quest as he did in the past for pre­vi­ous Cosby lawyers.

Ear­lier this year, McMona­gle filed sim­i­lar re­quests for lawyers Monique D. Press­ley, of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and Christo­pher Tay­back and Joseph Sar­les, each of Los An­ge­les, to as­sist with Cosby’s de­fense.

How­ever, Press­ley, Tay­back and Sar­les with­drew from the case sev­eral weeks ago.

Agrusa, ac­cord­ing to court papers, was ad­mit­ted to the Cal­i­for­nia Bar in 1987 and has also been per­mit­ted to prac­tice in the U.S. District Court in Penn­syl­va­nia, McMona­gle said.

Agrusa is a part­ner in the Law Firm of Liner, LLP, in Los An­ge­les “and has never been the sub­ject of any dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings,” McMona­gle wrote in court papers.

“Here there is no good cause for de­nial of the spe­cial ad­mis­sion of Ms. Agrusa to the Bar of the Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia,” McMona­gle wrote.

Cosby, 79, faces a June 5, 2017 trial on charges he al­legedly had inappropriate sex­ual con­tact with An­drea Con­stand, a for­mer Tem­ple Univer­sity ath­letic depart­ment

em­ployee, at his Cheltenham home be­tween midJan­uary and mid-Fe­bru­ary 2004.

Wil­liam Henry Cosby Jr., as his name ap­pears on charg­ing doc­u­ments, faces three felony counts of ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault in con­nec­tion with the al­leged sex­ual as­sault of Con­stand at his home along New Sec­ond Street in Cheltenham be­tween mid-Jan­u­ary and mid-Fe­bru­ary 2004. The charges were lodged against Cosby last

Dec. 30, be­fore the 12-year statute of lim­i­ta­tions to file charges ex­pired.

The news­pa­per does not nor­mally iden­tify vic­tims of sex crimes with­out their con­sent but is us­ing Con­stand’s name be­cause she has iden­ti­fied her­self pub­licly.

If con­victed of the charges at trial, Cosby, an en­ter­tain­ment icon who re­mains free on 10 per­cent of $1 mil­lion bail, faces a pos­si­ble max­i­mum sen­tence of 15 to 30 years in pri­son.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bill Cosby de­parts after a pre­trial hear­ing in his sex­ual as­sault case at the Mont­gomery County Court­house in Norristown on Sept. 6.

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