Lawyers say Cosby is too blind to defend himself


Lawyers say Cosby is too blind to defend himself

NORRISTOWN, Pa.

Bill Cosby’s eyesight has deteriorated to the point where he cannot identify his accusers in photographs or otherwise help with his defense, his lawyers said Wednesday as they waged a multipronged effort to get the sexual-assault case against the 79-year-old comedian thrown out.

His attorneys also portrayed Cosby as a political pawn who is being prosecuted only because a suburban Philadelphia district attorney used the public furor over the comic to get elected last year.

And they renewed their argument that Cosby’s lurid 2005 deposition from a related lawsuit should not be admitted at his trial, saying he answered questions under oath only after being assured he would not be charged with a crime.

Federal judge to hear intimidation arguments in Nev.

LAS VEGAS

Democrats in Nevada are citing post-Civil War voter intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan in a bid to get a federal judge in Las Vegas to order Donald Trump supporters not to harass voters at polls next Tuesday.

Documents filed ahead of a Wednesday court hearing accuse the Nevada Republican Party, the Trump campaign, Roger Stone and his group called “Stop the Steal” of “vigilante voter intimidation” in Nevada, Arizona, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Attorneys for the Democratic Party want U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware in Las Vegas to issue a temporary restraining order to GOP supporters.

Testimony begins in trial of ex-officer in man’s death

CINCINNATI

Two University of Cincinnati police officers have testified in the murder trial of a former officer, saying that in 2015 when he was working a traffic stop, they heard “squealing tires” before he fired his gun, killing a black man.

The two officers gave the same description Wednesday as testimony began in the trial of since-fired officer Ray Tensing. But a witness who was near the traffic stop says that she didn’t see a vehicle move until after the shot.

Defense attorney Stewart Mathews contends Tensing felt his life was threatened as 43-year-old Sam DuBose tried to speed away, using his car as “a weapon.”

Tensing has pleaded not guilty.

Associated Press

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