Embattled actor/comedian Bill Cosby has scored a small legal victory in his sexual assault case after a judge ruled the jury will come from another county in Pennsylvania.
The Cosby Show star is facing trial for three charges of felony indecent assault, amid allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
The 79-year-old's lawyer requested to have the trial moved out of Norristown in Montgomery County, but on Monday (27Feb17) Judge Steven O'Neill ruled it would stay in the area. However, he declared the jurors will come from a neighbouring county and will be sequestered during the trial, which is set to begin in June (17).
Judges from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will decide which area in the state the jurors will come from.
The ruling comes a few days after O'Neill ruled only one other of Cosby's alleged sex abuse victims can testify as part of the upcoming trial. Prosecutors had been seeking to call 13 other women who have previously accused the comedian of indecent behaviour to testify.
More than 50 women have come forward in recent years with historical sex assault allegations against the veteran funnyman. His representatives have repeatedly denied the accusations.
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