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Cosby attorneys request judge recuse himself

Posted at 9:02 PM, Mar 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 19:03:14-04

(CNN) - Attorneys for Bill Cosby filed a motion Wednesday asking the judge in his assault case to recuse himself.

According to the motion, Judge Steven O'Neill's wife is a social worker at the University of Pennsylvania.

The motion said Dr. Deborah O'Neill coordinates 'the Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention' -- or STTOP -- team.

That group advocates for students who are victims of sexual assault and rape and promotes awareness.

STTOP's stance is that a culture of silence surrounding sexual assault deters reporting and undermines safety in communities.

The motion also included a copy of Dr. O'Neill's dissertation, which is on acquaintance rape.

Cosby is on trial for allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, a woman he knew, in 2004.

His previous trial ended in a mistrial in June 2017 when jurors could not agree on a verdict.

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