Bill Cosby’s Lead Attorney Monique Pressley Does Not Have Legal Standing to Represent His Wife, New Court Filing Says

Attorney Joseph Cammarata launched a blistering attack on Monique Pressley, Bill Cosby’s lead attorney, saying she broke the law and violated the court’s rules by representing Camille Cosby at her Feb. 22 deposition when she does not have the legal standing to do so in Massachusetts, according to a new court filing.

“Ms. Pressley has been engaged in the unauthorized practice of law on behalf of Camille Cosby in this action,” he wrote in a motion asking Pressley to be prohibited from representing anyone in the case. “Ms. Cosby never entered an appearance on behalf of Mrs. Cosby, nor did she take steps to properly represent Mrs. Cosby in this action.”

Pressley declined to comment.

Cammarata represents seven women, including retired California attorney Tamara Green, who are suing Bill Cosby for defamation. He subpoenaed Camille for that case and deposed her for the first time last month. The next deposition is now scheduled for April 18.

Cammarata says he only learned Pressley wasn’t legally authorized to represent Camille on March 8, 2016, after several of Mrs. Cosby’s attorneys were replaced by new ones.

Ms. Pressley has only filed paperwork asking to represent Mr. Cosby in Massachusetts, though Ms. Pressley “stated on the record that she was representing Mrs. Cosby” at the beginning of the Feb. 22 deposition, the motion says.

“Ms. Pressley’s decision to purportedly represent Mrs. Cosby in this action was intentional or inexcusably negligent at best,” the motion says.

Cammarata says she should not be allowed to file the appropriate paperwork now – three months late – and should revoke her permission to represent Bill Cosby in this matter in Massachusetts, according to the motion.

Pressley has violated legal rules this before, the motion says – once in Maryland in 2011 and once in Washington, D.C., in a case that is still pending.

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