Jury selection underway in Cosby retrial

Cosby Sex Assault Retrial Jury Selection: 1 Down, 17 More to Go

Judge Steven O'Neill said the defence can call a witness who says Cosby's accuser talked about framing a celebrity before she lodged sexual abuse allegations against Cosby in 2005.

Jackson's availability as a witness for Cosby could be crucial to a defence plan to attack Constand's credibility.

Twenty-eight jurors told the court that the nature of the charges against Cosby, which accuse him of drugging and sexual assaulting central accuser Andrea Constand in 2004, would prevent them from being a fair and impartial juror. That ruling is subject to change based on Constand's testimony, O'Neill said.

What happened in the first trial: Constand testified, Cosby did not. About half said the length of the trial would pose a hardship. Cosby swung his cane and said, "Good morning, good morning", as he walked into the courtroom. O'Neill is seeking a jury of 12 and six alternate jurors. The judge has yet to make other rulings in the case, including whether jurors will hear portions of Cosby's deposition from the lawsuit with Constand in which he admits that he has obtained Quaaludes with the intention of using them to seduce women. Both women say they've read media reports about Cosby's case and the #MeToo anti-sexual assault movement. Wyatt responded that they hoped for selection of a "fair and impartial jury".

The young man picked as a retrial juror said he did not know anything about Cosby's case.

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Aides help Bill Cosby with his coat after arriving for the second day of jury selection his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse Tuesday. Almost everyone else in the initial jury pool of 120 suburban Philadelphia residents indicated they knew about the charges against Cosby.

Two-thirds of the 119 people brought in for group questioning Tuesday afternoon said they've already formed an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence. A second large group of potential jurors was also brought in Tuesday, in case the sides ran out of jurors from the first group.

Last year, the jurors were selected from Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, rather than in Montgomery County, a suburb of Philadelphia.

O'Neill told the jury pool the trial could last more than a month, adding the panel would be sequestered in a "very nice" hotel.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press and other news organizations filed a legal motion Tuesday to challenge an arrangement that forces reporters to watch the proceedings on a closed-circuit feed from another courtroom.

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He had heard of #MeToo, but was a rarity in that he expressed no knowledge of the allegations against the famed comedian, who is facing trial over an accusation he sexually assaulted former Temple employee Andrea Constand in 2004.

"The Cosby Show" star maintained that the encounter was consensual.

The jury in Cosby's first trial deadlocked last June, months before #MeToo started toppling famous men in rapid succession, among them movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Today show host Matt Lauer, actor Kevin Spacey and Democratic US Senator Al Franken. The lone person who claimed ignorance on Me Too was not invited back.

After 50 preliminary questions from O'Neill before lunch, he interviewed six individual potential jurors in front of the prosecution and defense in the afternoon.

Jury selection got underway Monday, with all but one potential juror telling a judge they've heard or seen something about the #MeToo campaign exposing sexual misconduct in the news and entertainment industries.

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