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Candidate attacks opponent for not arresting Cosby in 2005

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defence lawyer as prosecutors near Philadelphia revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint. Lawyer Edwin Jacobs says Cosby's agents contacted him in the last few days about a Montgomery County investigation and he referred them to another Philadelphia-area lawyer. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Tuesday on Jacobs' involvement.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby is seeking to hire a criminal defence lawyer as prosecutors near Philadelphia revisit a 2005 sexual-assault complaint. Lawyer Edwin Jacobs says Cosby’s agents contacted him in the last few days about a Montgomery County investigation and he referred them to another Philadelphia-area lawyer. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Tuesday on Jacobs’ involvement. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Bill Cosby sex-assault accusations have become a point of attack in one Pennsylvania political campaign.

Democrat Kevin Steele hopes to become the top prosecutor in Montgomery County, outside Philadelphia. His opponent is Republican Bruce Castor, the former prosecutor who is trying to win back his old job.

Steele’s new ad attacks Castor for not charging Cosby in 2005 when a woman said the comedian had drugged and molested her. Dozens of women have since made similar claims.

Castor calls the ad the work of a “desperate candidate.” He says he didn’t have enough evidence to bring charges.

The case appears to have been reopened by the current prosecutor, and Steele is her top assistant. A defense lawyer says Cosby’s camp recently contacted him about the inquiry.

Cosby has denied wrongdoing and settled the woman’s civil lawsuit.

 

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