“Days before a court hearing that could send her famous husband to prison, Bill Cosby’s wife intensified her attacks on a judge she has called ‘arrogant,’ ‘corrupt’ and ‘unethical,’ and said the family had filed an ethics complaint and hired a former FBI agent to investigate him,” the AP reported Monday.
“Camille Cosby accused trial judge Steven T. O’Neill of harboring a secret bias in her husband’s sex assault case because of his supposed grudge with a key pretrial witness. She traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state capital, with a Los Angeles lawyer on Monday to file a complaint with the state’s Judicial Conduct Board,” the report adds.
The AP notes: “The move comes a week to the day before O’Neill is set to sentence the 81-year-old actor for drugging and molesting a woman friend at his estate near Philadelphia in 2004. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of three felony counts, but is likely to get far less time — perhaps two to three years or less — under state sentencing guidelines.”
In a statement released by a spokesman for the Cosby family, Camille Cosby said: “I am filing this complaint against Judge … O’Neill on behalf of not only Bill Cosby but all citizens who may one day find themselves in his corrupt courtroom. The judge must be held accountable for his unethical behavior.”
The AP report adds: “She renewed allegations that O’Neill had a grudge with former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor, who testified for the defense in the 2016 pretrial hearing. Castor had declined to prosecute Cosby when accuser Andrea Constand first came forward in 2005 and said he considered the decision binding.”