Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania,U.S., March 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jessica Kourkounis
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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.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.O'Neill presided over Cosby's first trial, which ended in a hung jury last year.O'Neill said Thursday that Cosby's old lawyers raised the prospect of having him step aside in December 2016, but never followed through.Pennsylvania's Superior Court Wednesday rejected an appeal over O'Neill decision not to let Cosby's lawyers immediately challenge his ruling in a higher court.
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