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Entertainment Cosby wants judge ousted over wife's sex-assault advocacy

18:31  22 march  2018
18:31  22 march  2018 Source:   ap.org

The Latest: Cosby judge won't toss sexual assault charges

  The Latest: Cosby judge won't toss sexual assault charges The Latest on a pretrial hearing in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case (all times local):3:30 p.m.A judge has denied requests from Bill Cosby's lawyers to throw out his sexual assault case.Judge Steven O'Neill on Monday denied a defense motion to dismiss the case on statute of limitations and prosecutorial misconduct grounds.Cosby's lawyers argued the alleged assault that led to his arrest couldn't have happened in January 2004, as accuser Andrea Constand has testified, and falls outside the statute of limitations.O'Neill said he'd leave that for the jury to decide.

Bill Cosby 's lawyers on Thursday asked the judge in his upcoming sexual assault retrial to step aside, arguing the judge could be seen as biased Cosby 's lawyers contend some of Judge Steven O'Neill's recent pretrial rulings could give the appearance he's being influenced by his wife ' s work, particularly

Bill Cosby ' s lawyers on Thursday asked the judge in his upcoming sexual assault retrial to step aside, arguing the judge could be seen as biased. Bill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.,Tuesday, Aug.

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby's lawyers are asking the judge in his upcoming sexual assault retrial to step aside, arguing he could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who's described herself as an "advocate for assault victims."

Cosby's lawyers said Thursday that some of Judge Steven O'Neill's rulings, including his decision to let five additional accusers testify, could give the appearance he's influenced by his wife's work.

Deborah O'Neill is the coordinator of a University of Pennsylvania sexual trauma outreach team. She wrote her dissertation on acquaintance rape.

The O'Neills did not immediately respond to messages.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a woman at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury. His retrial is scheduled for April 2.

Bill Cosby's graphic testimony could undercut his defense .
Bill Cosby's own words from 2005 might have undercut his defense on sexual-assault charges.Prosecutors on Tuesday sought to maximize the impact of Cosby's graphic deposition, in which he testified about his sexual encounter with chief accuser Andrea Constand and acknowledged apologizing to her mother a year later "because I'm thinking this is a dirty old man with a young girl."Cosby, 80, testified more than a dozen years ago as part of a civil lawsuit that Constand filed against him, and prosecutors won the right to introduce it at his sexual-assault retrial on charges he drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home.

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