Judge in Cosby Sexual Assault Case Refuses to Step Down

Mar 29, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The judge in comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial rejected demands today from the Cosby defense team that he remove himself from the case because his wife is a social worker and an advocate for assault victims, the AP reports.

“Judge Steven O’Neill said at a pretrial hearing that he’s ‘not biased or prejudiced’ by his wife’s work and that the assertion that he shares the same views as his wife or has let his rulings be influenced by her profession ‘is faulty, plain and simple,'” the story reports.

The Cosby team today has been making what the report calls “a last-ditch effort to postpone the comedian’s sexual assault retrial after losing their bid to overturn O’Neill’s ruling allowing up to five additional accusers to testify.”

With jury selection scheduled to start Monday, the defense team may bring an appeal to the state Supreme Court, the report notes.

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