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Explainer: Bill Cosby to stand criminal trial over 2004 encounter




Bill Cosby arrives for the second day of hearings at the Montgomery County Courthouse February 3, 2016 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Bill Cosby arrives for the second day of hearings at the Montgomery County Courthouse February 3, 2016 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
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Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial for sexual assault. The alleged incident dates back to 2004.

Former Temple University employee Andrea Constand claims Cosby gave her a substance that incapacitated her before he carried out a sexual assault. Constand was the first person to publicly accuse Cosby of such a crime.

More than 50 women have since related similar incidents. The 78-year-old Cosby faces a term of up to ten years, if convicted. Arraignment is set for July 20th. We talk about Cosby’s defense strategies and the prosecution. How many accusers will testify in the case? How does this affect concurrent civil cases against Cosby?

Guests:

Dominic Patten, Legal Editor at the entertainment industry news website, Deadline, who’s been following the story. He tweets @DeadlineDominic

Matthew Galluzzo, partner at Galluzzo & Johnson, a criminal defense firm in New York City and a former prosecutor in the Sex Crimes Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office