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Ex-DA expected to be key defense witness at Cosby hearing

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    Bill Cosby arrives at court to face a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault in Elkins Park, Pa. Lawyers for Cosby say recent criminal charges filed against the actor in Pennsylvania violate a prosecutors pledge that he would never be charged over a 2004 encounter with a Temple University employee. The defense team said Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, the agreement not to file charges prompted Cosby to testify in a related civil lawsuit without invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.

PHILADELPHIA >> An ex-prosecutor is expected to testify that he promised Bill Cosby would never be charged over a Pennsylvania sex-assault complaint, but a judge must decide if that constitutes an immunity deal.

Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor will be a key defense witness at a Feb. 2 hearing to determine if the case is thrown out.

The defense argues that prosecutors who arrested Cosby last month unfairly used his deposition testimony from the accuser’s 2005 lawsuit against him. Castor supports their position.

But new District Attorney Kevin Steele says there’s no evidence of a signed immunity agreement. And accuser Andrea Constand’s lawyer says she doesn’t know of one.

The deposition shows Cosby testifying that he gave Constand wine and pills before performing a sex act. He calls it consensual. She says she was drugged and violated.

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