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Judge: Bill Cosby's Trial Will Proceed

A judge in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania ruled on Wednesday that the sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby will proceed, after he refused to dismiss the trial, according to reports.

The decision follows a two-day hearing in which Cosby's lawyer argued that in 2005 a former district attorney secured immunity for Cosby in the prosecution of a previous sexual assault case. That case involved the alleged drugging of Andrea Constand, a Temple University athletic department employee, who says Cosby assaulted her in 2004.

That former DA, Bruce Castor, testified in court this week that his decision not to pursue the case was intended to block further prosecution of Cosby, who had agreed to sit for a deposition in Constand's civil case in 2005. But Castor's successors questioned the validity of that agreement.

"A secret agreement that allows a wealthy defendant to buy his way out of a criminal case isn't right," current DA Kevin Steele told the judge in Cosby's trial.

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Cosby's testimony from that deposition, in which he admitted to using Quaaludes to seduce women, is the focus of a renewed investigation over assault accusations made by dozens of women.

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The 2005 case is the only sexual assault case where Cosby has been charged, since the statute of limitations for the other cases has expired, according to the Associated Press.