*Bill Cosby’s bid to have the judge in his case replaced or recused has been rejected and next week, the disgraced star will be sentenced after being found guilty of sexual assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004.
“And now this 19th day of September, 2018, upon consideration of the Defendant’s Motion for Disclosure, Recusal and For Reconsideration of Recusal, and supporting Memorandum of Law, filed September 11, 2018, and the Commonwealth’s Response thereto, filed September 13, 2018, it is hereby ORDERED and DECREED that the Motion is DENIED in its entirety,” Judge Stephen O’Neill wrote today, in his second repudiation of such a motion by Cosby and his rotating band of defense attorneys (read it here), Deadline reports.
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According to the publication, Cosby will be in the Norristown, PA, courtroom next week for the two-day sentencing hearing starting on September 24. During his spring in a retrial, he was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand. The 81-year old actor could get decades behind bars.
“Throughout the pendency of this matter, and in every matter over which this Court presides, this Court is sensitive to its obligations under the Code of Judicial Conduct, and takes these obligations very seriously,” O’Neill notes. “This Court is confident that it has and can continue to assess this case in an impartial manner, free of personal bias or interest in the outcome,” he add. “This Court simply has no bias against any witness called by the defense or the Defendant himself. This Court finds no merit in any of the bases alleged by the Defendant and the Court will not recuse itself.”
This comes as Camille Cosby’s public attack on O’Neill was heightened last week with the submission of a complaint to the Pennsyvania Judicial Conduct Board on September 17. “I have requested that the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board conduct a complete investigation of Judge O’Neill, and to thereafter prosecute him before the Court of Judicial Discipline,” she said in a statement.
Meanwhile, more than 60 women have claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted or drugged them, with some incidents occurring as far back the late 1960s.