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Judge again refuses to toss Bill Cosby's sex-assault case

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 16, 2016 2:03 PM
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Bill Cosby, center, arrives for a hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Norristown, Pa. On Tuesday, Cosby's lawyers pressed a judge to keep the comedian's damaging deposition in a decade-old lawsuit out of his sexual assault trial, saying Cosby agreed to answer questions under oath after being assured he wouldn't be charged with a crime. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Philadelphia) -- A Pennsylvania judge has denied Bill Cosby's latest attempt to get his sexual assault case dismissed.

Judge Stephen O'Neill on Wednesday rejected arguments that Cosby was unfairly prejudiced because prosecutors waited a decade to bring charges over a 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home.

The ruling clears the way for the 79-year-old entertainer to go on trial by June.

O'Neill also rejected the defense's request for competency testing for 13 other accusers who could be called as witnesses.

The judge has not ruled on whether prosecutors can use Cosby's lurid 2005 deposition from a related lawsuit as evidence. Cosby's lawyers say he only testified under oath after the district attorney at the time assured he wouldn't be charged with a crime.

Another pretrial hearing is scheduled for next month.

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