Transcript for Bill Cosby Returns to Court for Pretrial Hearing
The latest on Bill Cosby heading back to court today as he tries to convince a judge to throw out sexual assault charges, prevent his accusers from testifying. ABC's linsey Davis is here with more on the pretrial hearing. Good morning. Reporter: The biggest item on the docket is if testimony from 13 other accusers will be permitted in the trial. Pennsylvania law only allows such testimony if it demonstrates a pattern of behavior but the defense says the testimony is old and irrelevant. Another face-off this morning for the second day in a row as Bill Cosby heads back to court where his lawyers are fighting to keep potentially damning evidence out of his trial. It stems from an alleged assault back in 2004 with former temple university employee Andrea constand. Prosecutors argue testimony from 13 accusers is relevant to this case. The prosecution says the other women should be allowed to testify to show Cosby had a signature pattern of behavior that spanned decades where he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted dozens of women. The prosecution must think that this is important to their case or they wouldn't have filed the prosecution motion seeking to have 13 potential witnesses testify. Reporter: But Cosby's lawyers argue the women's memories are tainted by time and prejudiced by media coverage. Here we are now 12 years later asked to defend a case where witnesses have died. Memories have faded. Reporter: Cosby pleaded not guilty. His lawyers are not only calling for the judge to make the alleged witnesses make memory and questicompetency tests but want them let go. What do you say to the people who say, come on, we're talking about 60 people would make this up? We've seen it so many times in our criminal justice system where think a multitude of accusers yet it was determined there was no case. Reporter: The prosecution is also hoping to get Cosby's 2005 deposition included in the trial where he answered questions in constand's civil suit after he was assured by the then district attorney he would never be prosecuted. Cosby and his legal team have always maintained his encounter with constand was consensual. Okay, linsey, thanks. Amy, an earthquake in
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