Feb 24, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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A Philadelphia judge has ruled that only one other accuser can testify at entertainer Bill Cosby’s Pennsylvania sex assault trial.

The ruling means 79-year-old Cosby probably can’t appeal on that issue – if he’s convicted.

Prosecutors had asked that 13 other women be allowed to testify at the trial in June – to suggest that Cosby had a 50-year history of drugging and molesting women.

But the judge says only one woman can take the stand – a person who says she was attacked by Cosby at a Los Angeles hotel in 1996 – eight years before Cosby’s 2004 encounter with trial accuser Andrea Constand – who now lives in Toronto.

Philadelphia defence lawyer William Brennan calls the ruling “the best of times and the worst of times” for Cosby. He says even though the jury might hear from two accusers, Cosby’s appeals are limited “if  things don’t go his way.”

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