Judge Steven O’Neill ain’t takin’ no shit from nobody.
O’Neill is the presiding judge in the case against Bill Cosby. The octogenarian disgraced television star and comedian, who is almost definitely a serial sex offender and rapist, recently tried to paint O’Neill as biased against him and thus unfit for the position of judge. But O’Neill calls bullshit there, and has announced that he will not be stepping down despite the Cosby defense trying to bully him out.
O’Neill, who also presided over Bill Cosby’s last trial which ended in a hung jury last June, vehemently denies the defense team’s accusations of bias due to his wife, who works with victims of sexual assault. He said that the mere suggestion of this is “faulty, plain and simple.”
Cosby is being charged with three counts of felony sexual assault for allegations that he drugged and assaulted a former Temple University employee in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. In his trial, five accusers are being permitted to testify against him, and former supermodel Janice Dickinson will be among the various witnesses who will attempt to establish a sexually abusive pattern in the once-acclaimed tv dad.
Dickinson is also suing Cosby in civil court. She alleges that after she came forward with allegations that the comedian drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in the early 1980s, Cosby called her a liar, and got off scot-free.
If the defense does not appeal the judge’s choice not to step down in the face of their accusations of bias, then jury selections will begin on Monday morning. Opening arguments could begin as soon as next week.