Jury selection complete for Cosby sexual assault trial

Jury selection complete for Cosby sexual assault trial

All 12 jurors and 6 alternates have been decided on for Invoice Cosby’s sexual attack trial in weeks, following three days of painstaking jury selection a few THREE HUNDRED miles from the place the actor-comedian will face justice.

Seven males and five girls will decide whether or not the 79-year-antique comic is in charge of drugging and molesting former Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

Of the panel, jurors — one guy and one woman, both in their 30s — are black, at the same time as the rest are white.

Six alternates were additionally decided on — four white males, a black lady and a black guy.

the first ELEVEN jurors had been chosen moderately temporarily from a pool of 100 over the process two days.

one in all them, a white male who was once decided on Monday as Juror No. 2, used to be struck Wednesday through Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill for “very non-public purposes.”

He was once replaced via a white girl, who used to be a part of a second pool of 93 called in for questioning.

In The Meantime, O’Neill grilled a potential juror approximately his trade on Facebook concerning the case with another pool member, who had posted on the social media website online, “i’m no longer presupposed to speak about it however I got picked for Cosby.”

The pair of jurors — who in the end were not chosen to serve — were unrelated to the bothered Juror No. 2 and never punished by way of the court.

On Tuesday, Cosby’s legal professionals complained that prosecutors have been purposely looking to stay blacks off the jury using their seven peremptory moves. The judge, though, disregarded that claim, finding no racial bias in prosecutors choice to strike black ladies earlier within the week.

Ultimate week, Cosby said race might be a motivating factor within the dozens of sexual attack allegations lodged in opposition to him.

The anonymous jurors were picked from Allegheny County but will be sequestered at the other facet of the state for the trial in Norristown beginning June FIVE.

Cosby, who claims he’s totally blind, has been in just right spirits this week and has flown in and out on a private plane every day from the Philly space for jury selection.

On Wednesday, he silently clapped at one attainable juror with colitis that was once eventually brushed aside.

“I’ve been married 45 years. Folks have gotten out of jail for homicide in a shorter time than that,” the elderly man quipped, inflicting Cosby to mimic applause and double over with laughter.

As he left the courthouse for the day, Cosby informed journalists, “i would like to thank the entire very glorious other people of Allegheny County and i want to thank all of the folk who’ve come out and observed my displays.”

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