Jury selection begins Monday in Cosby retrial

Bill Cosby arrives at court as sexual assault retrial begins

Bill Cosby arrives at court as sexual assault retrial begins

He says the jurors should "erase everything they heard outside this courtroom when they come in for Monday".

The first alternate that was chosen said his wife is a survivor of sexual assault, but it would not prevent him from being fair and impartial.

He says the encounter was consensual. His first trial ended in a hung jury.

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.

120 prospective panelists will return to court Thursday so that prosecutors and Cosby's defense team can pick the six remaining alternates to join the case.

"She's the only African-American left", Bliss claimed, referring to the latest pool of 120 potential jurors that have been summoned. Prosecutor M. Stewart Ryan even stormed out of court, saying he was going to his office to read the case law, claiming he hadn't been given a copy by defense attorneys.

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin Monday.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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Almost everyone else in the initial jury pool of 120 suburban Philadelphia residents indicated they knew about the charges against Cosby, including the two women picked on Tuesday, and scores of potential jurors were sent home because they said they had already formed an opinion about the former TV star's guilt or innocence.

Those witnesses are expected to testify about similar alleged sexual assaults as prosecutors try to show that Cosby engaged in a pattern of misconduct.

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

Castor's lawsuit said Cosby paid Constand "well into the millions of dollars" in a civil settlement.

"By all appearances [the potential juror] was a perfectly qualified juror who stated that she could be fair and impartial, after screening through all the questions", Bliss told the judge.

As Wednesday's session got underway, a judge gave The Associated Press and other media organizations more access to jury selection.

The woman said she could put aside her thoughts that Cosby is guilty. Six alternates also have to be picked.

The woman's blunt response to a question from the judge caused the 80-year-old comedian to become so rattled that his mouth stayed open for a good 10 seconds in the Norristown, Pa., courtroom. Jurors initially called a mistrial after having deliberated for days.

Bill Cosby (right) arrives at Montgomery County Courthouse for the third day of jury selection for his sexual assault case with his spokesman Andrew Wyatt in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

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Cosby walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse Wednesday where lawyers are continuing to choose the jury.

"There is no question that this is a very hard time to try someone who has been accused of sexual assault", said defense attorney and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz.

Eight jurors have been picked so far, including one Wednesday.

Cosby is charged with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, a former friend and Temple University employee, in 2004.

All but one of the people in the initial group of potential jurors said they were aware of the #MeToo movement or the allegations it spurred against powerful entertainment figures.

In the first trial, jury selection was moved to Pittsburgh over defense fears that widespread publicity could make it hard to find unbiased jurors in the Philadelphia area. There are seven men and five women.

O'Neill called the jury-selection process "long and arduous".

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.

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