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Local lawyer analyzes Cosby defense strategy

EASTON, Pa. - Comedian Bill Cosby will go to trial Monday on sex assault charges from a 2004 encounter at his home in Montgomery County.

Cosby isn't expected to testify but a local legal expert said it's usually premature to make that decision before a trial begins.

"I have always ascribed to the theory that the jury wants to hear from the accused," said Gary Asteak, a defense attorney.

"At the end of the day, this is going to be a he said, she said case. Do they believe her or do they believe him," Asteak said.

Cosby's accuser and former Temple University employee Andrea Constand is expected to take the stand and tell her story publicly for the first time.

"Every conceivable legal issue has been brought up by [Cosby's] defense team. They are battling this inch by inch," Asteak said.

If convicted, Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison.

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