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Cosby Jury Filled As Defense Alleges Discrimination

08 April 2018, 01:35 | Jermaine Blake

Former Temple University employee Andrea Constand will appear in the witness stand

Former Temple University employee Andrea Constand will appear in the witness stand

Jury selection for Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial continued Tuesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

The retrial jury appeared to skew younger than the hung jury from last year's trial.

Court will resume Thursday to pick six alternative jurors.

A black man and black woman have been chosen for the jury over the past two days, joining six white men and women who have been selected so far. Almost everyone else in the initial jury pool of 120 suburban Philadelphia residents indicated they knew about the charges against Cosby.

After a tumultuous week of pretrial hearings in which Judge Steven O'Neill refused to step down from the case over questions of bias, jury selection officially began yesterday.

Cosby's lawyers complained during this trial's jury selection, alleging that prosecutors dismissed a black woman from the panel based on her race. The judge said he didn't believe the prosecution had any "discriminatory intent" but halted the third day of jury selection to consider the defense argument.

Cosby's lawyers objected to having reporters in the courtroom because they feared it could hurt their ability to find a fair and impartial jury.

The judge told jurors the trial will last about a month.

Castor claimed Constand and her lawyers harmed his reputation and cost him a chance to return as district attorney by criticizing him and suing him for defamation days before the 2015 election.

Jury selection is almost finished in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case.

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Nearly 50 women have now accused Cosby of some form of sexual assault or misconduct, with some allegations going back several decades. The retrial jury is being picked from the same county where the 80-year-old Cosby is on trial on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004.

Last week, O'Neill said O'Connor could be called as a witness because of his involvement in the 2005 civil suit settlement agreement between former Temple employee Andrea Constand, the central accuser in the case, and Cosby.

Cosby's lawyers complained that prosecutors had improperly excluded two white men from serving on the jury on the basis of race and age, including one who said he thought numerous women coming forward in the #MeToo movement are "jumping on the bandwagon".

Cosby's lawyers alleged a member of the prosecution team made a disparaging remark after prosecutors rejected one of the few black women considered for the case.

A dozen people were invited back for individual questioning Wednesday as the prosecution and defense look to fill 11 remaining spots.

"I couldn't have anticipated this", she said, and then handed out a prepared brief.

Media lawyers had challenged an arrangement that forced reporters to watch the group questioning part of jury selection on a closed-circuit feed from another courtroom.

Prosecutors plan to call as many as five additional accusers to portray Cosby as a serial predator. One juror said the panel was split 10-2 in favor of conviction, while another said the group was more evenly divided.

Montgomery County President Judge Thomas DelRicci agreed Wednesday to move the camera to the back of the courtroom so the media can see the potential jurors.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.



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