Jury Seated in Cosby Trial

Kelly Massey
June 5, 2017

The Montgomery County district attorney's office, which declined to prosecute Cosby in 2005, brought charges a decade later as dozens of women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1960s.

A jury has been seated in the trial of comedian Bill Cosby.

Another juror says he knows nothing about the Cosby case because he only watches sports.

Two blacks are among the 12 people on the jury. Both the black man and the white woman chosen Wednesday look to be in their 30s.

He goes on trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. "This case is frankly more about gender, celebrity, how women are treated (and) Bill Cosby's credibility". Two jurors said they would be leaving toddlers at home while they traveled across the state. It's said that Cosby will not take the stand in his own defense once the case starts, but Constand along with another accuser are set to testify.

The jury's complexion became an issue late Tuesday.

Two alternate jurors said they had close family members who were victims of sexual crimes.

Lawyers will continue to question Pittsburgh-area residents this week until they fill the jury. Those who have opinions aren't necessarily disqualified if they convince the judge they can put that aside and focus on the evidence.

The judge is not yet convinced that shows a pattern of race bias. Six of the 15 blacks dismissed from the initial jury pool this week were tossed based on their questionnaires. Others were sent home after being questioned individually about various problems or conflicts. After much sniping between attorneys, Judge O'Neill selected an African American man, even saying in chambers, "Congratulations, you're the 12th juror" to the man in a voice loud enough that could be heard in the courtroom.

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The first group of 100 potential jurors summoned Monday included 16 people of color. That ratio almost matches a 2015 census report that found 13 percent of Allegheny County residents identify as black.

The alternates will only join deliberations if they're needed to replace members of main jury who can't fulfill their service.

On Monday, almost a third of the potential jurors summoned said they had already formed an opinion of Cosby's guilt or innocence in the sexual assault allegations lodged against him.

Cosby arrived at the Allegheny County Courthouse just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The 79-year-old Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee in 2004. He calls their encounter consensual. But the trial will be held before a sequestered jury in Norristown, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb. One juror and six alternates had yet to be selected.

According to TMZ, the fallen comedian's lawyers are outraged that the current 11-person jury only consists of one Black person, which, in their minds, already puts their client at a disadvantage.

Assistant DA Stewart Ryan denied race was the reason for removing the black woman.

More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, but this is the only criminal trial he's faced so far.

The prosecution argued that it eliminated the potential juror because she had been involved in the overtime scandal that ultimately resulted in Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper going to jail. The judge overseeing the case, Steven T. O'Neill, chose to accept the prosecution's explanation but told Cosby's lawyers he would entertain their accusations of racial bias if they came back with statistical evidence.

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