INTERNATIONAL: Decision expected today on whether Cosby criminal charges will be dismissed

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INTERNATIONAL: Decision expected today on whether Cosby criminal charges will be dismissed

635856974963880779-AP-BILL-COSBY-CAL-STATE-77705762USA TODAY – Bill Cosby’s first hearing in his criminal case resumed Wednesday, with a decision expected on whether the sexual-assault charges will be tossed or proceed to trial.

Testimony on Day 2 immediately centered on the puzzling decision 11 years not to put in writing an agreement between Cosby and the then-district attorney not to prosecute him on criminal charges.

Cosby’s general counsel, John Schmitt, testified that he and Cosby were satisfied with the press release about the agreement, written and signed by ex-District Attorney Bruce Castor in 2005, as the documentation they needed to show Cosby would never be prosecuted. Plus, Schmitt said, he got received numerous “oral assurances” from Castor that no charges could ever be filed.

Without these, Schmitt said, he would never have let Cosby sit for a deposition for a civil suit if there was a potential threat of criminal prosecution for what he said.

“Certainly not,” Schmitt said.

Cosby, again in a suit and tie, smiled and nodded at onlookers and laughed with his security-assistants who helped him walk up a ramp into the Montgomery CountyCourthouse. Some supporters yelled, “We love you, Bill!” according to the Associated Press.

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