Defense Argues Race Bias in Cosby Jury

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Yesterday it was reported, Sorting through a jury pool already exposed to the blaze of publicity over allegations against Bill Cosby, lawyers and a judge on Monday selected the first five jurors, all of them white, who will weigh whether he committed a sexual assault…

Bill Cosby’s lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to “systematically” keep blacks off the jury Tuesday after prosecutors used their strikes to keep two black women off the panel.

Judge Steven O’Neill for now rejected the argument after prosecutors said the second woman was a former detective who had sued Pittsburgh and may have an anti-government bias. O’Neill said he would revisit the issue if defense lawyer Brian McMonagle offered any statistical evidence to back up the discrimination complaint.

The 11 people chosen so far include one black juror. The 100 people summoned to the Allegheny County courthouse have included 16 people of color. A new jury pool will be summoned Wednesday, when lawyers return to seek the final juror and six alternates.


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