September 19, 2018 03:23 PM
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - 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.
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.
(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Created: September 19, 2018 03:23 PM
(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)