Comedian Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case will be decided by a sequestered jury from an outside county, a Pennsylvania judge ruled yesterday.
The decision rejects a request by Cosby’s lawyers to move the trial to a separate county because of the fame surrounding the case—a request that the prosecution called jury shopping. But the jurors will still likely come from Philadelphia, according to reporting by NBC, instead of the city's suburbs.
"Unless you've been living under a rock, the message that has been promoted, in insidious fashion, is that Bill Cosby is guilty and that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist,” said lawyer McMonagle, reported the Associated Press. "I do not believe that there's a place anywhere in this country now where he can receive a fair trial. Not here, not anywhere. I hope I'm wrong."
The trial, set to begin June 5, will look at claims that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, previously claimed in a civil suit by Constand that when he had sex with women after giving them drugs or alcohol that the encounters were consensual.
Constand is named in reporting about the case because she has come forward to accuse Cosby publicly, along with dozens of others who claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted them. One of these other accusers will testify against Cosby at the trial.
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