UPDATE, 9:10 PM: While it has been pushed back 30 minutes, lawyers for Bill Cosby have failed in their emergency motion to have Camille Cosby’s deposition scheduled for Monday morning significantly postponed. Mrs. Cosby’s under-oath session will now start at 9:30 AM ET instead of 9 AM ET on February 22 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The deposition comes out of the defamation case instigated by Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, and Angela Leslie on December 10, 2014.
“This Court has reviewed all pleadings filed up until 5:00 p.m. today regarding this matter,” said U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni this evening after the Cosbys’ lawyer tried earlier this weekend to get the “media circus” of a matter shelved for a while. “The Court has also reviewed the entire audio recording from the hearing on this matter in front of Magistrate Judge Hennessy held on February 19, 2016. At that hearing, the Magistrate Judge considered all aspects of the relief being requested and allowed the opportunity for the parties to develop and articulate their respective positions. Judge Hennessy’s rulings and orders at the hearing are not clearly erroneous or contrary to law,” Judge Mastroianni added, denying the Cosbys’ motion tonight. “This Court now finds, consistent with the findings and rulings of the Magistrate Judge, there is no meritorious basis for the relief being sought.”
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What there will be is an 8:50 AM ET status conference on the case before the depo starts. Along with the weekend’s filings, part of that may include some discussion of Cosby’s countersuit against the plaintiffs of December 14 last year.
Of course what Camille Cosby, who has acted as a business manager to her husband for many years, actually will or will not answer tomorrow could be slim pickings. “Deponent, when appropriate, may refuse to answer deposition questions which call for testimony prohibited by the rule and not falling within an exception,” ruled Judge Mastroianni earlier this month, citing the state’s marital disqualification rule, which allows one spouse not to testify against another on matters that were discussed in private. Green and the other plaintiffs all claim, as do dozens of other women, that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.
“The Cosbys’ last-minute filing is the latest in a series of increasingly brazen attempts to interfere with the deposition of Mrs. Cosby,” said Green and the others in an opposition Sunday to pausing Camille Cosby’s deposition. “The Cosbys should not be allowed to indefinitely delay Mrs. Cosby’s deposition by repeatedly filing what is in substance the same motion, over and over again.”
PREVIOUS, 10:17 AM: Bill Cosby’s wife Camille Cosby is asking a federal magistrate judge yet again to postpone a deposition set for tomorrow, with her lawyers claiming, in part, that her testimony will spur “an unnecessary media circus” and could pose a “personal security threat that serves no purpose other than to harass and embarrass her.”
Camille Cosby’s lawyers filed the emergency motion in Springfield, Mass. yesterday. The 71-year-old wife of the embattled comedian is scheduled to be deposed tomorrow in a defamation case against her husband. A previous request to postpone was denied Friday. Cosby himself is scheduled to give another deposition in the case of Judy Huth before February 29. Huth claims Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was a minor. Cosby’s first and still-sealed seven-hour deposition from that case occurred on October 9 last year in Boston.
In the matter before the courts this weekend, Cosby’s wife claims in the latest filing that she has no involvement “with the facts or allegations underlying this case.” Though Camille Cosby has the option of claiming marital privilege to sidestep questions about private conversations, the court ordered Friday that she answer questions about the alleged multiple past sexual assaults claimed by seven women against her husband. The women claim Camille Cosby could provide significant information about Cosby.
Camille Cosby’s emergency motion is the latest legal maneuver from Cosby’s lawyers Earlier this month, lawyers for Cosby filed a breach-of-contract suit against rape accuser Andrea Constand, her mother, her lawyers and the parent company of the National Enquirer. Among a series of legal actions across the country against other women who have accused him of assaulting them, them actor has also filed an appeal to stop the recently instigated criminal case against him from the 2004 assault of Constand from going forward. If convicted Cosby could face up to 10-years behind bars.
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