Jury of 12 chosen for Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial


Cosby's lawyers have complained about prosecutors striking two black women since only one black has made it onto the panel.

Prosecutors claimed that one of the potential jurors, a black former police officer who had once sued the state, might have an anti-government bias that could skew her judgement in trial.

And though defense lawyers had accused prosecutors of intentionally seeking to block black people from the jury, two African Americans, a middle-aged man and a young woman, made it onto the panel.

The AP also noted that the jury is roughly 17 percent black, whereas in Allegheny County, from which the jury came, the black population is just 13 percent of the total, according to Suburban Stats.

"How my father is being punished by a society that still believes black men rape white women; but pass off "boys will be boys" when white men are accused and how the politics of our country prove my disgust". They'll be allowed access to TV, iPads and the internet, but they must avoid all news reports about the trial.

The pair of jurors - who ultimately were not chosen to serve - were unrelated to the stricken Juror No. 2 and not punished by the court. There was no better evidence of that fact than the odd sequence of events that took place late Wednesday.

Judge Steven O'Neill seated the 12th and final juror on Wednesday, along with three alternates.

But moments later, things began to unravel. The alternates include one black woman, one black man and four white men. A second pool of 100 will be summoned to the courthouse Wednesday for the continuation of jury selection.

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Because of intense publicity surrounding the case, the search for a jury was moved from the Philadelphia suburbs to Pittsburgh, nearly 300 miles away, in hopes of finding people who had not already made up their minds about the comedian's guilt or innocence. He sent the African American woman home.

Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of indecent aggravated assault for allegedly drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Half of the new jury pool being questioned Wednesday in Bill Cosby's sex assault case said they've formed an opinion on his guilt or innocence, while one knows Cosby or his family. But the trial will be held before a sequestered jury in Norristown, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb.

Two blacks are among the 12 people on the jury.

The jurors' names, ages and occupations were being kept private. The other 10 jurors appear to be white.

Wes Oliver, criminal justice program director at Duquesne University, said the defense might later try to use that decision as grounds for appeal, if Cosby is convicted. Numerous women allege he drugged and sexually assaulted them.

Cosby, who has been present in court for the selection of his jury, is always escorted by a member of his team. The attorneys sought his input on nearly every major decision. He was assisted by three associates: Emily Ryan, Amy Ziegler and Carrie Mason. That's sometimes harder than it seems, one law professor said. But one of the team members - Mason - touts her experience on another case that played out amid a media firestorm.