Bill Cosby's defense team is aiming for a major change to be made to his court proceedings after learning that Judge Steven T. O'Neill allegedly kept a relationship secret, eventually using it as a reported grudge against a key witness in the case.
Radar Online first broke the original story the day prior to the infamous retrial. This came after the site's sources claimed Judge O'Neill had a "blowout fight with a key witness" stemming from claims that he had a "close relationship" with the witness' employee.
Now, the site is reporting that Cosby's defense team is asking that Judge O'Neill step aside for the rest of the proceedings.
"On or about March 28, 2018, an article was published by Radar Online," Cosby's attorney Joseph P. Green, Jr. wrote in the motion. "Neither the defendant, the defendant's original counsel, Brian J. McMonagle, nor his subsequent trial counsel, Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr., had any knowledge of these subjects at the time of the original Due Process hearing[s]."
Cosby's wife, Camille, also shared a few words in a statement on Tuesday morning, detailing O'Neill's alleged rift with the witness.
"My husband was forced to go to trial before a judge, Steven T. O'Neill, who had a bitter, longstanding feud with one of the key witnesses in the case," she wrote. "Judge O'Neill refused to believe this sworn testimony by his rival, the former D.A., and denied the motion to dismiss."
Philadelphia defense attorney A. Charles Peruto, Jr. also commented on the situation: "Nothing will come of this," he said. "It was no secret that O'Neill ran against Castor and there may have been bad blood."
This comes a couple weeks before Cosby's highly anticipated two-day sentencing, which is scheduled for September 24 and 25. The fallen comic has reportedly ramped up his security detail, dropping a whopping $15,000 for the two-day proceeding.
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