A judge ruled Thursday that a hearing laying out the evidence in the case be conducted in open court. But Cox’s lawyer promptly waived his client’s right to a preliminary hearing on the evidence. That means the case will proceed directly to a trial. That’s scheduled to begin May 16.
“I’m just going to let my man handle it,” said Cox outside of court on Thursday.
Cox faces two charges of sexual assault on a helpless victim incapable of appraising her condition, and could face between 2 years and life in prison if convicted.
“We want a trail that’s fair. We intend to fight this vigorously and that’s our position,” said Cox’s attorney Harvey Steinberg. “I’m concerned about the sensationalism that often times is the touchstone of journalism. In this day and age one has to be careful to make sure the truth gets out.”
Most of the documents in the case have been sealed, including an affidavit containing details of the allegations that led to Cox’s arrest in December.
An attorney representing the Associated Press and other media said he will continue the fight to know what’s behind the charges.
“The public at this point has no knowledge on what basis the government had for charging Mr. Cox with felony sexual assault,” said media attorney Steven Zansberg.
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