>> A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday rejected Bill Cosby's latest effort to have the sexual assault charges against him thrown out. Ruling that the 78 year old comedian must stand trial in the case. Reuter's legal correspondent Joseph Axe was at the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.>> Cosby's lawyers had argued that his constitutional rights were violated when prosecutor's refused to call the accuser, Andrea Constand as a witness at a preliminary hearing in May.
Cosby's lawyers had argued that he has the constitutional right to face his accuser. And that she should have been required to submit to cross examination under oath.>> The judge rejecting that logic, saying the trial will proceed. Cosby's facing accusations of sexual assault from dozens of women, stretching back decades.
The Pennsylvania case is the only criminal prosecution against him. As most of the other allegations involve incidents that are too old to produce charges. Thursday's hearing offered a preview of the defense trial strategy, which will likely focus on Contands credibility. Constand, a former basketball coach at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University has accused him of drugging her and then assaulting her.
Cosby's admitted giving her the allergy medication Benadryl, but maintained they engaged in consensual acts.