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The Latest: Key pretrial ruling a two-edged sword for Cosby

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/24/2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the pretrial ruling in the Bill Cosby sex-assault case (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

A ruling Friday that only one other accuser can testify at Bill Cosby's Pennsylvania sex assault trial means Cosby probably can't appeal on that issue should he be convicted.

Prosecutors had asked that 13 other women be allowed to testify at the June trial to suggest Cosby had a 50-year history of drugging and molesting women.

But the suburban Philadelphia judge says only one can take the stand: a woman who says she was attacked by Cosby at a Los Angeles hotel in 1996, eight years before Cosby's 2004 encounter with trial accuser Andrea Constand.

Former prosecutor Joseph McGettigan says the trial will now rise or fall on Constand's credibility.

And Philadelphia defense lawyer William Brennan calls the ruling "the best of times and the worst of times" for Cosby. He says even though the jury might hear from two accusers, Cosby's appeals are limited if "things don't go his way."

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9:30 a.m.

A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial to support charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia.

The judge's ruling Friday means that prosecutors cannot call 12 other women as "prior bad act" witnesses.

The 79-year-old comedian is set to go on trial in June over the 2005 complaint by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Prosecutors reopened the case in 2015 after newly released court documents showed Cosby admitting he gave drugs and alcohol to young women before sex over a 50-year period.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to allow 13 other accusers to testify. The defense objected, saying the string of old "casting couch" claims aren't part of "signature" behavior.

The one witness who can testify says she was assaulted by him in 1996.

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