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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case, Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cosby retrial judge pushes back on demand he leave

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is pushing back at the defense's demands that he step aside because his wife is a social worker and advocate for assault victims.

Judge Steven O'Neill told a pretrial hearing on Thursday that rulings he's made that went against Cosby aren't evidence he's being influenced by his wife's work.

Cosby's lawyers say they were compelled to ask for O'Neill's recusal after a series of adverse rulings, including a decision to allow five additional accusers to testify. The judge let just one take the witness stand at Cosby's first trial last year.

O'Neill has yet to decide on the request.

Cosby's first trial ended in a hung jury. Jury selection in his retrial starts Monday.

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