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Judge will not remove himself from Cosby's sexual assault retrial

From Reuters - March 29, 2018

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - The judge presiding over U.S. comedian Bill Cosbys trial for sexual assault accusations refused on Thursday to remove himself from the case, rejecting defense attorney concerns over his wife being an advocate for sexual assault victims.

The judge also postponed ruling on a host of other motions that will shape Cosbys second trial. The once-beloved comedian and television star has been accused by more than 50 women of sexual assault going back decades.

Only one of those accusations was recent enough to prosecute. Cosby, 80, is charged with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, 44, at his home near Philadelphia between Dec. 30, 2003, and Jan. 20, 2004. Jury selection is due to start on Monday.

Cosby, best known as the wise and witty dad in the 1980s TV hit The Cosby Show, has denied criminal wrongdoing, saying any sexual contact he had was consensual.

Cosbys first trial ended in June with a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict following six days of deliberations.

Cosby, who now walks with a cane and has poor vision, sat at the defense table on Thursday for the first of two days of pre-trial arguments, with the defense and prosecution clashing over what witnesses and evidence the jury should be allowed to see.

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