Andy Reid

Judge who refused to toss Cosby's criminal case will stay on

A suburban Philadelphia judge who refused to throw out Bill Cosby's criminal case after his arrest will keep the case through trial.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O'Neill this year rejected defense efforts to toss the case over a supposed 2005 non-prosecution agreement between Cosby and a former prosecutor.

Cosby, 78, was charged in December with sexually assaulting a female friend in 2004. District Attorney Kevin Steele brought the charges after the case was reopened last year and the 12-year statute of limitations loomed.

Lawyers who know O'Neill say his early decisions don't necessarily point to how he might rule on the evidence at trial. The...