Who is Craig D Karlan? LA County judge to oversee highly divisive Bill Cosby sexual assault trial

The disgraced comedian's legal troubles aren't over as Judy Huth accuses him of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager


                            Who is Craig D Karlan? LA County judge to oversee highly divisive Bill Cosby sexual assault trial
Bill Cosby will reportedly not appear in court physically (Photo by Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty Images)
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Bill Cosby has been out of jail for a while now, but his legal troubles are far from over. The 84-year-old is facing another civil sexual assault case, with the trial set to commence on Wednesday, June 1. Cosby is being sued by Judy Huth from Canyon Lake, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s when she was just a teen.

The author will reportedly not physically attend the trial, which is expected to take about two weeks to reach its conclusion. The case has been making headlines lately mainly because of the changes in Huth's statement. Initially, she had alleged that the assault took place in 1974, when she was 15, but later clarified that it happened in 1975. She also added that the actor had told her to say she was 19 if anyone inquired.

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Attorney Gloria Allred and attorney John West, representing Judy Huth, speak during a trial setting conference of a civil suit against Bill Cosby at the Santa Monica Courthouse on June 27, 2017 in Santa Monica, California (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

 

As reported by TheWrap, Huth’s lawsuit claims, “While at the Playboy Mansion, plaintiff told Cosby that she needed to use the bathroom. Cosby directed her to a bathroom within a bedroom suite near the game room. When plaintiff emerged from the bathroom, she found Cosby sitting on the bed. He asked her to sit beside him. He then proceeded to sexually molest her by attempting to put his hand down her pants, and then taking her hand in his hand and performing a sex act on himself without her consent.”

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(C) Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the first day of sentencing in his sexual assault trial on September 24, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

 

The ‘Fat Albert’ actor has always denied the allegations. His spokesperson Andrew Wyatt told TheWrap, “This is a trial by assassination of Mr. Cosby’s legacy and livelihood.” Jennifer Bonjean, Cosby's lawyer, added: “We deny, obviously, that Mr. Cosby did anything at the Playboy mansion that would constitute a sexual battery.”

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Attorney Jennifer Bonjean and Bill Cosby speak outside of Bill Cosby's home on June 30, 2021 in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. Bill Cosby was released from prison after court overturned his sex assault conviction. (Photo by Michael Abbott/Getty Images)

 

Who is Craig D Karlan?

Judge Craig D Karlan will reportedly oversee the trial. As per Trellis Legal Intelligence, Karlan “is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2002. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Theodore Piatt (Ret.)." He reportedly did his bachelor's from Yale University and also became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He then got himself admitted to Harvard Law School to earn his Juris Doctor (J.D).

After Harvard, Karlan worked in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office while practicing in violent crimes and white-collar prosecution. “He has taught white-collar crime as a lecturer to the California District Attorneys Association and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He was appointed to the bench in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis,” rulings.law added.

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Meanwhile, Cosby’s trial has attracted a lot of attention online as a user tweeted: “His adversaries were after his time left on Earth and now they're after his bread.” Another said, “It takes so.....................................long for victims to get Justice in America.”

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“For god sake, just stuff him in jail for the rest of his life. Clean out his bank accounts, sell his house and sell his cars. Everything he owns,” a third added.