Cosby’s team of lawyers recently filed a motion against Judge Stephen O’Neill, who’s been the judge from the beginning of Cosby’s sexual assault trials, claiming a long-ago grudge with a pretrial witness, USA Today reports. Still, on Wednesday he denied the motion to remove himself from the trial.
Camille Cosby, the comedian’s wife, also filed a state ethics complaint earlier this week against O’Neil. In the complaint, she claims that O’Neill holds a bias against her husband due to an alleged feud with a former prosecutor who testified in an early 2016 pretrial hearing.
After being found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, Cosby faces a sentence of about one to four years. But O’Neill can choose anything from probation to a 30-year prison term for the comedian.