Prosecutor applauds judge denying Cosby's effort

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2016 1:14 AM

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his criminal sex-assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, July 7, 2016. A Pennsylvania judge denied Cosby's effort to compel the accuser in his case to testify before trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Norristown) -- Prosecutors have applauded a Montgomery County judge's denial of Bill Cosby's effort to compel the accuser in a criminal sex assault case against him to testify before trial.

District Attorney Kevin Steele says Thursday's decision meshed with the preliminary hearing ruling and an appeal's court's finding.

He says the defense operated around a "mistaken belief" it had a right to confront the Cosby's accuser at this stage.

Cosby's lawyers say they'll appeal. Lawyer Brian McMonagle says Cosby "had his constitutional rights trampled upon."

Judge Steven T. O'Neill says the hearing raised "important" and "unique" questions but he wasn't persuaded to contradict an appeals court decision.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

Prosecutors reopened the case last year amid new evidence.

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