Attorneys for Bill Cosby failed in their bid to have criminal charges against him thrown out in a Pennsylvania case stemming from an alleged sexual assault in 2004. The Los Angeles Times reports that Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Wednesday evening that he found “no basis to grant the relief request.”
The ruling followed two days of testimony as Cosby’s team fought for dismissal, with their argument focused largely on a verbal promise allegedly made to Cosby in 2005 by then-District Attorney Bruce Castor. Castor, who testified for seven hours on Tuesday, declined to pursue charges against Cosby in 2005 in connection with an alleged attack on Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand, apparently in exchange for Cosby’s testimony in a civil suit filed by Constand.
O’Neill appeared skeptical about the verbal agreement throughout the hearing, the Times notes. The report quotes the judge telling the defense: “There’s no other witness to the promise. The rabbit is in the hat and you want me at this point to assume, ‘Hey, the promise was made, judge, accept that.’”