Lawyers for Bill Cosby Accuser Request Bench Trial of Her Claims

Jury Finds Bill Cosby Guilty In Retrial

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SANTA MONICA (CNS) - A Riverside County woman who filed a sexual battery lawsuit against Bill Cosby has waived her right to a jury trial.

Lawyers for Judy Huth, 63, who lives in the gated community of Canyon Lake, filed court papers on Tuesday with Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan stating that she wished to proceed to trial before a judge.

``Plaintiff Judy Huth hereby consents to waive her right to a jury trial, waives trial by jury in this matter and requests that this case be tried as a bench trial before the Hon. Craig D. Karlan,'' Huth's attorneys' court papers state.

Cosby's attorneys could not be immediately reached on whether they would agree to having the trial, now set for May 9, done without a jury.

Huth sued Cosby, now 84, in December 2014. She alleges that in 1974, when she was 15 years old, Cosby invited her and a 16-year-old friend into a house where he convinced her to drink a beer for every game of pool he won. Huth alleges he later took her and her friend to the Playboy Mansion, where he allegedly molested her in a bedroom.

Cosby was previously convicted in a retrial in Pennsylvania of allegations that he drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand. He was sentenced in 2018 to 10 years in prison, but that state's Supreme Court last June overturned the conviction after finding he had obtained a nonprosecution agreement from a prior prosecutor.

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request from Pennsylvania prosecutors to review the state supreme court decision.

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