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Cosby retrial starts on Monday

Cosby retrial starts on Monday

Bill Cosby's defense team claimed racial discrimination after Montgomery County prosecutors eliminated a black woman from the jury pool in the comedian's upcoming sexual assault retrial, according to The Associated Press. They say it could make some potential jurors more hostile toward him and others more likely to think men are being unfairly accused. There are seven men and five women. Jackson, a former co-worker of Constand's at Temple University, will likely be called by the defense to paint Constand as a liar seeking fame and money from their well-known client. His first trial on those charges previous year ended in a hung jury.

The juror selected Monday was described as a young man who knew nothing about Cosby's case, the Associated Press reported.

By 11:30 a.m., the 58 men and 68 women from Montgomery County were led into a second-floor courtroom in Norristown, 10 people at a time. The main jury of 12 has 10 white jurors and two black jurors.

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Monday.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home. He says the encounter was consensual.

Jury selection is set to get underway in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial in a cultural landscape changed by the #MeToo movement.

On Tuesday, Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss sprung a Batson challenge on the judge after prosecutors used one of their seven peremptory challenges to strike a white male.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He contended that Cosby's lawyers were playing to the media. But for some reason our society just needed a few more years to truly condemn that kind of behaviour.

Wednesday marks the third day of jury selection.

Judge Steven O'Neill says he will reveal his decisions on lingering issues in the case before jury selection resumes on Tuesday in suburban Philadelphia.

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The jury so far consists of six whites and two blacks.

Two of the people who made the cut said they had no knowledge of the Cosby case.

In recent years, dozens of women publicly accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, up to and including rape, but allegations go back decades, and the vast majority won't be adjudicated because of statutes of limitations.

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 prosecutors from excluding prospective jurors due to their race.

The judge last June declared a mistrial after more than 52 hours of jury deliberations over six days. Defense attorneys have said jurors should be told to prepare for a trial that lasts one month, and the panel will be sequestered.

In all, prosecutors and the defense removed a total of 91 potential jurors before breaking on Monday.

Race dominated Wednesday's selection process.

When Bliss made her argument, citing previous case laws, she concluded by saying that after the juror had been dismissed, a member of the defense team heard a member of the prosecution make a remark indicative of racism.

District Attorney Kevin Steele responded there was "absolutely no legitimacy" to the defense's challenge, adding that prosecutors had no problem seating the two other black people who'd appeared for individual questioning.

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