Jury selection completed for Bill Cosby's retrial

Jury selection completed for Bill Cosby's retrial

Jury selection completed for Bill Cosby's retrial

A Philadelphia judge, meanwhile, threw out a former prosecutor's defamation lawsuit against Cosby's accuser.

The final panel is made up of seven men and five women, consisting of 10 white jurors and two black jurors.

Veteran lawyers and jury consultants say #MeToo could cut both ways for Cosby, making some potential jurors more hostile and others more likely to think men are being unfairly accused. Prosecutors and Cosby's lawyers nevertheless found him acceptable.

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse before jury selection in his sexual assault retrial April 2, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. During the initial trial, Cosby was one of the first famous men to face sexual-assault charges in a courtroom.

Three more jurors have been selected in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial in suburban Philadelphia.

The judge issued one caveat to the ruling, saying he could revisit his decision after Ms Constand's evidence. Justices upheld an 1879 ruling, and said that while defendants don't have to right to a jury panel featuring people of their own race, the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause stops prosecutors from striking jurors on the basis of race.

The 80-year-old comedian's first trial ended in a hung jury. "There's no other explanation other than her race".

Cosby's lawyers had appeared ready to strike at the first instance of prosecutors blocking a black juror, producing a legal brief that argued the move violated a 32-year-old Supreme Court ruling that prohibits prosecutions from excluding prospective jurors due to their race.

The next day, the prosecution used one of its challenges to strike a black woman.

Cosby's lawyers agreed to let jury selection proceed.

A key process - the selection of a jury of seven men and five women - was completed on Wednesday after nearly three days of selection, with prosecutors and lawyers for Cosby agreeing on the final member of the panel.

"There's absolutely no legitimacy to this", Steele said.

However, the prosecution pushed back on the claims, noting that two blacks had already been seated on the panel.

Judge Steven O'Neill, clearly annoyed by the defense's objections, said he didn't see a reason to stop the selection process.

Cosby's lawyers have expressed a concern that the recent downfalls of powerful men accused of sexual assault will lead jurors to group Cosby into that same category.

Seven were dismissed after agreement between the defense and prosecution.

'In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen and those [mental] messages didn't get there, ' she said.

A few years ago, when women began coming forward against America's dad, Bill Cosby, it was our culture's first little taste of Me Too. He's pleaded not guilty.

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This time, though, the proceedings will unfold in a markedly different courtroom - and a different world. The camera showed the judge, prosecutors and defence lawyers, but not potential jurors who were being questioned as a group.

All of the jurors seated Tuesday said they had read media reports about Cosby's case but hadn't formed an opinion about his guilt or innocence and could serve as fair and impartial jurors. A third batch of 120 potential jurors was also called to the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia.

One juror was chosen Monday and six on Tuesday.

The judge last June declared a mistrial after more than 52 hours of jury deliberations over six days.

Cosby's lawyers scored a pair of rulings Tuesday crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar. Constand's lawyer has said Jackson isn't telling the truth. The defense will also be allowed to disclose how much money Cosby paid Constand in a 2006 civil settlement.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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