Cosby prosecutor wanted to call 13 women accusers. Judge says he can call 1

By Jeremy Roebuck – jroebuck@phillynews.com/

In a victory for Bill Cosby, a Montgomery County judge ruled Friday that he would allow only one additional accuser to testify at the 79-year-old entertainer’s sexual assault trial.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill offered little explanation for his decision to bar prosecutors from calling 12 other women whose testimony they hoped could establish a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct by Cosby. But in his one-page order, the judge said he had carefully weighed their potential value as witnesses against the threat that their unproven allegations might prejudice a jury.

The ruling effectively narrows the scope of the trial and settles – at least for the moment – what had emerged as the central legal battle in Cosby’s case.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele had proposed a public airing of multiple instances — all too old to prosecute — where Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted women.

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