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The Latest: Defense: Cosby accusers want to vindicate claims

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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby's latest court appearance in his sexual assault case (all times local):

Bill Cosby, center, arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (Chloe Elmer/Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby, center, arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (Chloe Elmer/Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool)

12:15 p.m.

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bill Cosby's lawyers say prosecutors are trying the 79-year-old comedian for an alleged 2004 sexual assault only so that "a bandwagon" of women can vindicate old claims that he drugged and assaulted them.

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lawyer Brian McMonagle asked a judge Wednesday to prevent prosecutors from calling 13 of Cosby's other accusers as witnesses at next year's trial. He says uncertainty about where and when some of the encounters occurred made them impossible to rebut.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele arrives for a pretrial hearing for Bill Cosby's sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (Chloe Elmer /Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele arrives for a pretrial hearing for Bill Cosby's sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (Chloe Elmer /Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool)

Prosecutors say the women will show that a sexual encounter at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia home was part of a signature criminal pattern.

Attorney Gloria Allred walks into the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., for a pretrial hearing in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (Chloe Elmer/Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Attorney Gloria Allred walks into the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., for a pretrial hearing in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (Chloe Elmer/Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool)

McMonagle argued that the women went public at the urging of "clever, cunning lawyers who had the agenda of bringing down an American icon."

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (Chloe Elmer /Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (Chloe Elmer /Bucks County Courier Times via AP, Pool)

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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A prosecutor is arguing that 13 women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault should be allowed to testify at his upcoming trial because their stories are so similar that they show the "handiwork of the same perpetrator."

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. He is charged with sexually assaulting one woman in 2004, but prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other accusers to testify at his spring trial. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The 79-year-old comedian is in court near Philadelphia for a second day of pretrial arguments on the key question of how many accusers can testify to bolster the prosecution case.

Cosby faces charges over a 2004 encounter at his home. Prosecutors say Cosby drugged and molested her in a manner strikingly similar to his encounters with 13 other women they hope to call.

The defense says the accusers' decades-old memories are hazy and unreliable. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told the judge that Cosby shouldn't be rewarded for incapacitating his victims.

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10:15 a.m.

Bill Cosby is back in court for a second day of a crucial pretrial hearing in his Pennsylvania sexual assault case.

The 79-year-old entertainer returned to court Wednesday. He is facing charges from a 2004 encounter with a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Prosecutors are asking a judge to permit testimony from 13 other women who also accuse Cosby of sexual assault. Prosecutors want to show that Cosby had a history of drugging and molesting women.

Cosby's lawyers say the women should be barred from taking the stand at his spring trial. They're expected to attack the accusers' credibility at Wednesday's hearing.

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12:15 a.m.

Bill Cosby's lawyers say the 79-year-old actor has vision and memory problems that leave him unable to help defend himself in his upcoming sexual assault trial.

But the actor seemed mentally fit on Tuesday in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom as he shouted out answers to questions meant for the prosecutor.

Prosecutors were trying to recall where one alleged assault took place, when Cosby helpfully announced that the hotel was in Chicago.

At another point, Cosby told the judge, who was trying to figure out his age, that he was born in 1937. On July 12th.

The judge at this week's pretrial hearing must decide if other accusers can testify that they were drugged and molested in the same way as trial accuser Andrea Constand.

The hearing resumes Wednesday.

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