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>> Good morning.>> A Pennsylvania judge ruled Friday to allow a second woman to take the stand in the Bill Cosby sex assault trial. Montgomery County prosecutors were hoping to have up to 13 other Cosby accusers testify to demonstrate a pattern of sexual assault by the disgraced comedian.
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But Judge Steven O'Neill of the county's Court of Common Pleas ruled that only the woman identified as prior alleged victim six can testify without explaining why he chose her. Cosby's defense fought to keep all of the other accusers out of the case, calling it a bandwagon of uncorroborated accounts.
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Evidence of prior bad acts is usually banned to avoid unfairly prejudicing jurors, but in some cases, prosecutors can introduce this kind of evidence if it shows a pattern of behavior. Cosby goes to trial this summer on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand in 2004. Nearly 50 women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
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Some of the accusations go back decades. The 79 year old has denied any wrongdoing, and filed defamation lawsuits against some of his accusers. A hearing is happening Monday on Cosby's attempt to change the location of the trial from Norristown, Pennsylvania. The entertainer claims he's been harmed by negative publicity and bias media coverage.