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Judge Nixes Cosby Request to Step Down; Sentencing Monday

Camille Cosby argues in a state ethics complaint this week that the judge is biased against her husband

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    Judge in Bill Cosby Case Refuses to Step Down

    Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill, who will sentence Bill Cosby, is rejecting a motion that he should step down. He believes the efforts to get rid of him by defense lawyers are without merit. (Published Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018)

    Bill Cosby's trial judge is rejecting a defense motion to step down from the sex assault case before Monday's sentencing hearing in suburban Philadelphia.

    Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill has seen the case through two trials, hard-fought pretrial hearings and 15 defense lawyers since Cosby's arrest in late 2015.

    Camille Cosby argues in a state ethics complaint this week that O'Neill is biased against her husband because of an alleged feud with a former prosecutor who became a witness in the case.

    O'Neill in an opinion Wednesday says the defense motion is "meritless" and doesn't raise any new information about his past.

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    The 81-year-old Cosby faces a 30-year maximum term after a jury found he drugged and molested a woman friend at his estate in 2004. But state guidelines call for about one to four years.