Bill Cosby Parts Ways with Lead Attorney

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Bill Cosby has parted ways with his Los Angeles-based attorney, Christopher Tayback, Andrew Wyatt, a representative for Cosby confirms to USA TODAY. 

Angela Agrusa, of Liner LLP, will take over representing Cosby in civil cases from Tayback and his firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Tayback replaced entertainment lawyer Martin Singer last October, after a judge ruled that Cosby would have to give a new deposition in the California civil case brought by Judy Huth, who alleges she was sexually assaulted four decades ago at the Playboy Mansion.

Tayback marked a win in March when a Los Angeles judge delayed that deposition while Cosby’s criminal case proceeded in Pennsylvania.

But the losses in Cosby’s Pennsylvania criminal case have continued.

Cosby, 78, is facing trial over an encounter at his home with Andrea Constand in 2004. Constand said Cosby drugged and raped her; Cosby said the encounter was consensual.

In April, Cosby’s legal team lost a key appeal tied to his sexual assault trial, having argued that Cosby’s immunity deal a decade ago with the then-district attorney not to prosecute in return for testifying fully in a deposition for a civil suit filed by Constand should be honored. A judge disagreed, as did an appeals court.

Last week, Cosby and his legal team argued in court in Norristown, Pa., outside Philadelphia, that Cosby should have the right to face his accuser, Constand, and cross-examine her before trial about her accusations that he drugged and molested her at his nearby home in 2004.

The alternative, Cosby’s lawyers argued, was hearsay evidence — Constand’s statement to police. If Cosby is forbidden from compelling Constand to testify under oath before trial, the aggravated indecent assault charges against him should be dismissed.

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Source: USA Today | Andrea Mandell