2 Key Rulings From Judge Ahead Of Cosby Retrial

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday.

Jim Melwert
April 06, 2018 - 1:23 pm
June 7, 2017; Norristown, PA, USA; Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial. Mandatory Credit: Mark Makela/Getty Images-Pool Photo via USA TODAY NETWORK

Mark Makela/Getty Images-Pool Photo via USA TODAY NETWORK

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) - With opening statements in Bill Cosby’s sex assault retrial scheduled for Monday morning, there are now two new rulings from the judge. 

Jurors will not hear about a 2005 press release put out by then DA Bruce Castor, which questioned the credibility of accuser Andrea Constand. 

Prosecutors say that press release and more recent statements from Castor are “irrelevant opinion evidence and improper argument.” 

The defense unsuccessfully argued any decision on whether or not it’s admissible should come at trial as it could become relevant.

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The judge is also blocking any mention of the 2015 campaign for Montgomery County DA, where Castor lost to Kevin Steele (watch it here). Prosecutors called that a distraction. 

The defense had pointed to an ad run during that campaign, in an effort to claim the case against Cosby was about making political careers and not about justice.