Prospective juror gets laughs from comedian-defendant Cosby

Olive Rios
May 25, 2017

They say one was a former Pittsburgh police detective who sued the city after she was arrested in a public scandal. Lawyers return Wednesday to seek the final juror and six alternates.

About 12 percent of the new group appeared to be black, just under the 13 percent reported in a 2015 census report on Allegheny County.

One person in Wednesday's jury pool says they know Cosby or his family.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Bill Cosby, center, talks to the media gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse as he leaves after the third day of jury selection for his sexual assault case, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh.

Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson wonders if Cosby is trying to signal to blacks on the jury with his recent comments, by sending the message "that you have a mission on this jury, to make sure he's not treated as a black man who's come on aggressively to white women".

The male juror said he can put that aside if instructed to do so, and defense lawyers accepted him on the panel. Two white people claimed they have not read or watched the news. "It's a terrific jury made up of people of all demographics", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said, per the Associated Press.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. The case is set for trial June 5. The case is set for trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia.

The 79-year-old black actor-comedian once known as America's Dad for his beloved portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The sex assault case against Bill Cosby turns on serious questions about his actions with women behind closed doors, but the comedian and others unexpectedly fell into laughter Wednesday during questioning of one potential juror.

The defense had raised concerns about the racial makeup of the jury Tuesday when only one black was seated among the first 11 jurors.

The two jurors chosen Tuesday morning are a man in his 20s and a woman who looks to be in her 50s.

The process will continue until lawyers find a dozen jurors and six alternates for the June 5 trial near Philadelphia.

Legal experts say the defense may be looking for older jurors who enjoyed his comedy routines and top-ranked sitcom, "The Cosby Show".

Bill Cosby, center, pauses in the courtyard as one of his attorneys Angela Agrusa, right, makes a statement to the media, as they arrive for the third day of jury selection in his sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Cosby calls the portrait, "Restoration of Legacy".

Eleven jurors have been chosen this week for the case starting June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered almost 300 miles from home. The person chosen to replace him is a white woman. Their names, ages and occupations are being kept private.

Two of the five jurors picked so far say they know a victim of sexual assault but can be impartial in the case.

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