Camille Cosby is going to bat for her husband, Bill Cosby, by claiming he was not given a fair trial because the judge in the case allegedly had an axe to grind with one of the key witnesses.
Camille tells The Blast, “Bill Cosby was not afforded an impartial judge and he did not receive a fair trial.” She’s referring to Bill appearing before Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who Camille claims “had a bitter, longstanding feud with one of the key witnesses in the case.”
Bruce Castor, the former D.A. in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania testified under oath that in 2006 he made a decision not to prosecute the comedian on charges of sexual assault because he felt the case was weak.
Camille claims Judge O’Neill “refused to believe the sworn testimony” of Castor because back in 1999 the two actually ran bitter campaigns against each other to become District Attorney, and O’Neill lost hard.
She says that while they were running against each other, O’Neill was separated from his wife and in a romantic relationship with a female assistant D.A. Castor apparently caught wind of the relationship and brought the woman to a debate to show support for himself. Camille claims the move “embarrassed” Judge O’Neill and caused him to perform “poorly” at the debate and ultimately withdraw from the race.
Camille claims that beef between the two political figures from years prior caused O’Neill to shoot down his petition to dismiss the case against Cosby. She says the public, and Cosby, were entitled to know about “Judge O’Neil’s bias” before the rulings were made and that the “Judge let his own personal feelings override Mr. Cosby’s right to a fair trial.”
She now wants the judge to provide a full accounting of his issues and alleged bias with Bruce Castor, and also for him to “correct the horrible injustice done to Mr. Cosby and to our system of justice.”
Along with his wife’s harsh comments, Cosby’s legal team also filed documents to reconsider the recusal of Judge O’Neill.
The 81-year-old comedian is back in court later this month for sentencing on felony sexual assault charges, where he faces up to 10 years in prison on each of three separate charges. He’s currently on house arrest.