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Bill Cosby's accuser does not have to testify before trial, judge rules

Bill Cosby's accuser does not have to testify before trial, judge rules

In a rebuff to Bill Cosby, a judge has ruled that the entertainer’s accuser won’t have to take the stand before Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges begins.

The ruling streamlines the process by which Cosby’s case will reach a trial and limits the opportunity for the defense to garner information from — or exert influence over — a key prosecution witness before the trial.

The judge said that in making his ruling he was adhering to a legal precedent in Pennsylvania that accusers are not required to testify at pretrial hearings. "The [prosecution] does not have to present live witnesses," the judge, Steven T. O’Neill,...

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