By Jeremy Roebuck – firstname.lastname@example.org/
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.