Jury Selection In Cosby Case Completed

Few details are known about the jurors, who were chosen in Pittsburgh and will be bused to the Philadelphia area for the two-week trial that starts June 5.

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

The 12th juror and 6 alternates still need to be selected in the sexual assault trial. The panel includes seven men and five women. The alternates include four white men, one black woman and one black man.

Cosby thanked local officials and fans as he left the Pittsburgh courthouse Wednesday evening, including "all of the people who have come to see my shows". The case is set for trial June 5.

Lawyers on both sides said late Wednesday they were satisfied with the jury's makeup, given that it exceeds the 13 percent black population in Allegheny County, where the jurors were chosen.

Of the 11 current jurors, one is black.

Cosby has said he does not expect to testify in the trial.

One juror's exclusion caused concern for Cosby's team when the prosecution blocked her from the jury; Cosby's team claimed it was a "systematic exclusion" based on race. A second pool of 100 will be summoned to the courthouse Wednesday for the continuation of jury selection. Lawyers then picked a white woman to replace him.

"We believe it is of paramount importance we seat a diverse jury", McMonagle said, adding that it would be a "potential disgusting problem" if the jury giving the verdict for the black comedian against accusation from a white woman was racially one-sided.

That answer doesn't necessarily disqualify someone if they later persuade a judge they can put that aside and focus on the evidence. They said the case raised doubts about her credibility.

The judge is not yet convinced that shows a pattern of race bias. Forty-one of them will return Tuesday for further consideration before the judge, if necessary, calls in the next pool.

Dozens of other women have made similar accusations against Cosby, 79, but the judge is allowing only one of them to testify. "People don't take in new information and process it". Judge O'Neill has not yet expounded upon the "deeply personal reasons" that prompted the move.

Most admitted they were familiar with the case, though the jurors selected all said they could be fair. According to Cosby, the encounter was consensual.

When the jury she helped pick this week arrives in suburban Philadelphia for Cosby's trial, the tabloids will be there, too.

As he did with an earlier pool, O'Neill questioned Wednesday's prospective jurors on their familiarity with the Cosby scandal. They hope to get the last regular juror and six alternates from this group.

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".

Prosecutor Stewart Ryan denied race was the reason for striking the woman.

A fresh set of 93 prospective jurors answered nearly 50 questions in a Pittsburgh courtroom on Wednesday, as Judge Steven O'Neill sought to fill the 12th and last seat on the jury for the trial of the man once known as America's favourite TV dad.

Numerous women allege he drugged and sexually assaulted them.

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