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Judge in Bill Cosby case rejects new trial bid

Published:Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | 4:37 PM
In this September 24, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby departs after a sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby’s bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing, leading the comedian’s wife, Camille, to again accuse the judge of bias against her husband.

The ruling by the same judge that presided over Cosby’s trial also led the entertainer’s lawyers to file their appeal with the state Superior Court, the next step in trying to reverse his felony sexual assault conviction.

Cosby is serving a three- to-10-year state prison term after a jury this year found he drugged and molested a woman in 2004.

The defence wants the legally blind, 81-year-old actor released on bail while he appeals over alleged trial errors.

Cosby, in the meantime, is living in a single cell near the infirmary at the State Correctional Institution-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia and has access to a day room, where he can watch television or eat meals, a state prisons spokeswoman said.

For now, he is the only person using that day room, spokeswoman Amy Worden said. Several inmates are assigned to help him as part of their prison jobs, she said.

He has also had several visitors.

Camille Cosby continued to issue searing attacks against Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill, as she has done since the first trial ended in a jury deadlock in June 2017.

In the latest missive Tuesday, she again said he should have stepped down from the case because his wife has advocated for sex assault victims.

O’Neill has heard the argument before and said his wife’s work has no bearing on his legal rulings.

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