Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Jury in Place For Bill Cosby's Retrial

Jury in Place For Bill Cosby's Retrial

"By all appearances, she was a perfectly qualified juror who stated that she could be fair and impartial", Bliss said, adding there was no explanation for the woman's removal "other than her race". He says the jurors should "erase everything they heard outside this courtroom when they come in for Monday".

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in a trial that's expected to last a month.

Cosby's first trial, last June, ended when the former jury deadlocked following almost 60 hours of deliberation.

Prosecutors didn't comment on the case Thursday.

Bill Cosby's lawyers have scored a pair of rulings crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar as jury selection in his sexual assault retrial continues for a third day. The other 10 jurors are white. Prosecutors did not have to give a reason for wanting her removed. He 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.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to charges he drugged and molested Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He says the encounter was consensual.

"We have had two available African Americans for jury selection in this case", Steele said.

O'Neill previously helped prosecutor's case by allowing five additional accusers to testify against Cosby.

Judge Ann Butchart on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit against Andrea Constand and two of her lawyers by Bruce Castor Jr.

Castor's lawsuit said Cosby paid Constand "well into the millions of dollars" in a civil settlement. Seven men and five women - 10 white, two black - have been seated for the retrial.

"This man faces the rest of his life in jail", lawyer Kathleen Bliss said, arguing Cosby, who is black, deserved to have more people on the jury who looked like him. He contended that Cosby's lawyers were playing to the media.

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Wednesday marks the third day of jury selection.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

The final jurors were selected for Bill Cosby retrial Wednesday, but not before some heated moments between the defense and prosecution.

Judge Steven T. O'Neill called the jury-selection process "long and arduous".

Six alternate slots still need to be filled.

AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. But they say they haven't formed an opinion and can serve as fair and impartial jurors. The camera showed the judge, prosecutors and defence lawyers, but not potential jurors who were being questioned as a group. Only one juror was chosen Monday during the first day of jury selection.

The main jury mirrors the gender and racial makeup of the jury that deadlocked in his first trial last June. One juror said the panel was split 10-2 in favor of conviction, while another said the group was more evenly divided. One woman and one man are Black. Ten are white, two are black.

Both sides returned to court on Thursday to select six alternates.

The defense didn't reveal in open court what they claim had been said, but sought to use the remark as evidence that prosecutors illegally removed the woman from the jury pool on the basis of her race.

The district attorney's office rejected the allegation, noting that prosecutors had no objection to seating two other black people on the jury.

Prosecutors and the defense agreed to strike 89 potential jurors out of an initial pool of 120.

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