Catch Up Quickly, April 20: At Trial, Experts Debate Drug Cosby Gave to His Accuser, Father Shoot 9 Times Drives to Get Help for Toddler, Not Guilty Plea in Radio Show Host's Murder-for-Hire - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Catch Up Quickly, April 20: At Trial, Experts Debate Drug Cosby Gave to His Accuser, Father Shoot 9 Times Drives to Get Help for Toddler, Not Guilty Plea in Radio Show Host's Murder-for-Hire

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    Cosby Defense Asks for Case to be Thrown Out

    Defense lawyers want the judge presiding over the case against Bill Cosby to instruct the jury that it can not consider remarks made by lawyers when it deliberates. The defense team is concerned with the prosecution's questioning of the defense's star witness.

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

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    At Trial, Experts Debate Drug Cosby Gave to His Accuser: It's long been one of the most enduring mysteries of Bill Cosby's sexual assault case: What drug did he give his chief accuser on the night she says he molested her? Cosby has insisted he handed 1 ½ tablets of the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to Andrea Constand to help her relax before their sexual encounter at his home outside Philadelphia more than a dozen years ago. Constand testified he gave her three small blue pills that left her incapacitated and unable to resist as he molested her. A pair of drug experts — one for the prosecution, one for the defense — testified at the TV star's retrial Thursday that paralysis isn't known to be a side effect of Benadryl, though its active ingredient can cause drowsiness and muscle weakness, among other side effects. And Cosby's expert, Harry Milman, said he doesn't know of any small blue pill that could have produced the symptoms that Constand described.

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        Father Shoot 9 Times Manages to Drive to Get Help for Toddler: A young father was somehow able to drive a couple blocks to a Southwest Philadelphia police station after a gunman opened fire on him and his 1-year-old, leaving both fighting for their lives after being shot multiple times Wednesday night. The 21-year-old man had just secured his 21-month-old son into a car seat in his Dodge Charger at 67th and Trinity streets around 8:35 p.m. when a gunman approached them and opened fire, police said. The father was shot nine times throughout his body while his son was shot three times in the chest abdomen and hip, police said. The father drove his car about two blocks to a nearby police station at 67th Street and Woodland Avenue where he got out of his car and asked for help. Officers rushed to the car to find the wounded boy in his rear child seat, police said. The father was listed in stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Hospital while the son was rushed to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in critical condition, police said.

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            Not Guilty Plea in NJ Radio Show Host's Murder-for-Hire: A man charged in the death of a radio host who authorities say was killed to keep her from exposing a drug distribution ring her doctor husband was running with an outlaw biker gang has pleaded not guilty to murder and other counts. Ferdinand Augello made his court appearance Thursday. Atlantic County prosecutors say Augello and James Kauffman plotted to kill April Kauffman, who was fatally shot inside the couple's Linwood home in May 2012. Augello is also charged with trying to have James Kauffman killed behind bars to prevent him from coming to trial. James Kauffman was found dead in his jail cell in January in an apparent suicide.

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            Kushner Cos. Subpoenaed by Feds after AP Report: The Kushner Cos. confirmed Thursday it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City. The real estate company issued a statement saying it has "nothing to hide and is cooperating fully with all legitimate requests for information, including this subpoena." The statement said the federal subpoena came last month, just a day after the AP reported the Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city stating it had zero rent-regulated tenants in buildings across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds. The AP report covered a three-year period when the real estate company was run by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law who is now a senior adviser. Tenant advocates say such false filings allow landlords to avoid heightened city oversight designed to keep lower-paying, rent-regulated tenants from being harassed during construction and pressured to leave, freeing up apartments for higher-paying residents. Kushner Cos. told the AP at the time of its report that the company outsources preparation of construction permit applications and fixes any mistakes immediately. Records show the company did file some amended documents, often more than a year later.


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