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Entertainment Cosby judge pushes back against defense demand he step aside

18:03  29 march  2018
18:03  29 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.

Entertainment Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion. 09:10 23 april 2018. The judge in Bill Cosby 's sexual assault trial is pushing back at the defense 's demands that he step aside because his wife is a social worker and advocate for assault victims.

The judge in Bill Cosby ’s sexual assault trial rejected demands Thursday from the comedian’s defense lawyers that he step aside because his He said they were aware of Deborah O’Neill’s work as far back as December 2016, but that they waited until getting several adverse rulings just before

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case, Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case, Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial pushed back Thursday at defense demands that he step aside because his wife is a social worker and advocate for assault victims.

Cosby's lawyers are making a last-ditch effort to postpone the comedian's sexual assault retrial by pressuring Judge Steven O'Neill to step aside after losing their bid to overturn his ruling allowing up to five additional accusers to testify.

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The judge in Bill Cosby 's sexual assault trial rejected demands Thursday from the comedian's defense lawyers that he step aside because his wife is a social worker and advocate for assault victims. Judge Steven O'Neill said at a pretrial hearing that he 's "not biased or prejudiced"

The judge in Bill Cosby 's retrial rejected demands Thursday from the comedian's attorneys to step He added that he could have rejected the recusal request simply because Cosby 's attorneys waited too long to ask. He said they were aware of Deborah O'Neill's work as far back as December 2016, but

O'Neill told a pretrial hearing Thursday that rulings he's made that went against Cosby aren't evidence he's being influenced by his wife's work.

The judge's wife, Deborah O'Neill, is a psychotherapist at the University of Pennsylvania and coordinates a team that cares and advocates for student sexual assault victims. Cosby's lawyers emphasized their concern over a $100 donation made in Deborah O'Neill's name to an organization that gave money to a group planning protests outside Cosby's retrial.

O'Neill said the donation was made 13 months ago by the university department where his wife works and that it wasn't a personal donation using her own money or their joint assets.

The 80-year-old Cosby faces charges that he drugged and molested former Temple University athletics administrator Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

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

  Cosby wants judge ousted over wife's sex-assault advocacy 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 's lawyers argued that the lawsuit and payment were the direct result of her scheming against him . In arguing for the judge to step aside , Cosby 's lawyers pointed to a 0 donation made in his wife's name to an organization that gave money to a group planning a protest outside of the retrial.

The judge in Bill Cosby ’s sexual assault trial rejected demands on Thursday from the comedian’s defense lawyers that he step aside because his He said they were aware of Deborah O’Neill’s work as far back as December 2016, but that they waited until getting several adverse rulings just before

O'Neill presided over Cosby's first trial, which ended in a hung jury last year. Jury selection in his retrial is scheduled for Monday, but the retrial could be delayed indefinitely if he bows out. O'Neill has yet to decide on the request.

O'Neill said Thursday that Cosby's old lawyers raised the prospect of having him step aside in December 2016, but never followed through.

The judge said lawyer Brian McMonagle told him Cosby wanted him to seek a recusal after seeing "something in the news" about Deborah O'Neill's profession. O'Neill said the only news item he could find at the time was one written by a vocal Cosby supporter.

As Cosby's lawyers are battling with O'Neill, they also are counting on him to make critical rulings to bolster their defense that Constand is a money-grubbing liar.

Cosby's lawyers want permission to call a witness who says Constand told her that she was not assaulted but could make up allegations to sue and get money, and they want jurors to hear how much Cosby paid her in a 2006 civil settlement.

Cosby lawyers ask for juror to be removed

  Cosby lawyers ask for juror to be removed One of the jurors selected this week for Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial should be removed for making a comment indicating the TV icon is guilty, according to defense lawyers. They say it shows the juror may not be fair and impartial. A motion filed late Friday afternoon says the man, who was elected as Juror 11, said, "I just think he's guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here," during the jury selection process. Another prospective juror, who was ultimately not selected, says she heard the comment while a small group of jurors were waiting be individually questioned by the judge, the defense says.

Bill Cosby 's lawyers are demanding a Pennsylvania judge step down from his upcoming molestation re-trial, alleging the jurist is biased because his wife works with sexual assault victims. The defense said she had also apparently donated money to an activist group that had specifically targeted Cosby .

Cosby ’s team contends that the judge ’s rulings could appear to be influenced by his wife, an ‘activist and advocate for assault victims’.

They also are still fighting O'Neill's ruling allowing as many as five additional accusers to testify after he allowed just one to take the stand at Cosby's first trial.

Pennsylvania's Superior Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal over O'Neill decision not to let Cosby's lawyers immediately challenge his ruling in a higher court.

Documents made public showed that prosecutors have chosen model Janice Dickinson as one of the women they plan to have testify. She says Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982.

Prosecutors, who have decried the defense attacks on O'Neill as a "thinly veiled attempt to delay and pollute the jury pool," are looking for the judge to keep out talk of a prior investigation into Constand's allegations and a recent political race where putting Cosby behind bars was at issue.

Prosecutors say former District Attorney Bruce Castor's stated reasoning that he did not charge Cosby in 2005 because the case was weak and he wanted him to speak freely in a civil deposition is irrelevant to the case at hand.

They say Castor's unsuccessful campaign against current DA Kevin Steele in 2015 and his ongoing legal skirmish with Constand also are irrelevant.

Steele's predecessor, Risa Vetri Ferman, reopened the investigation in 2015 after The Associated Press fought to unseal parts of Cosby's deposition testimony — including lurid passages about him giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Dickinson have done.

Bill Cosby retrial: Deliberations resume after hearing defense star witness testimony .
The Cosby jury started a second day of deliberations with nearly an hour-long reading of testimony from Cosby's star witness, who tried to cast doubt on accuser's story.The seven men and five women of the jury spent hours deliberating on the first day on Wednesday, but also sent out multiple questions and requests for read-backs of statements and testimony.

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