NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial is rapping prosecutors and defense lawyers for punctuating their pretrial arguments with statements that could sway potential jurors.
Judge Steven O’Neill on Friday told lawyers on both sides in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom to “stop with the judgmental, conclusory language.”
He says the language “has no place in the law.”
Lawyers are sparring over details that the jury will hear when the trial begins April 9.
Prosecutors want the judge to allow in testimony from the comedian about giving quaaludes to women before sex.
Defense lawyers want them to hear from a woman who says his accuser was out for money.