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Bill Cosby trial location to change? Hearing set for today

Comedian Bill Cosby at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown last November

The ruling comes a few days after O'Neill ruled only one other of Cosby's alleged sex abuse victims can testify as part of the upcoming trial.

The 79-year-old's lawyer requested to have the trial moved out of Norristown in Montgomery County, but on Monday (27Feb17) Judge Steven O'Neill ruled it would stay in the area. He complained that the press coverage had been so intense that he doubted if Cosby could receive a fair trial anywhere in the country.

Cosby has denied any wrongdoing and has said his encounter with Constand, like the others, was consensual.

The motion also references one of Cosby's defense team's most consistent claims: that Cosby was used as a "political pawn" in the public and contentious 2015 Montgomery County District Attorney's race between former DA Bruce Castor and current DA Kevin Steele. The resulting news coverage has made selecting an impartial jury from the county impossible, they said.

The entertainer, charged with felony aggravated indecent assault, is in court today asking a judge to bring in jurors from outside Montgomery County. The AP reports prosecutors don't oppose the motion.

Cosby scowled through much of Monday's hearing and said nothing to reporters as he exited the court. "Branded variously a monster, sociopath, and sexual predator, everyone from the current District Attorney of Montgomery County to President Obama has publicly weighed in on the allegations against Mr. Cosby".