Jury Selection in Bill Cosby Case Set for May
While Bill Cosby’s criminal sex assault trial will be held in Philadelphia in June, jury selection is scheduled to get underway on May 22 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The trial is scheduled for opening statements to begin June 5.
“The Allegheny County jury will be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home for what could be a two-week trial,” an article by U.S. News reads. “The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former Temple University employee in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.”
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U.S News reports the defense is concerned that due to such widespread publicity of Cosby’s recent legal issues, it could be difficult to find jurors who are unbiased to the case. Potential jurors will be summoned for questioning by the judge while lawyers will search for 12 jurors and six alternate jurors.
Cosby has been accused by about 60 women of some form of sexual abuse or misconduct. Some of those allegations include drug facilitated sexual assault, rape, sexual battery, and child sex abuse. The dates of the alleged incidents span from 1965 to 2008 across 10 U.S. states and one Canadian province.
The abuse allegations became viral topic for new outlets across the country in 2014. Cosby has maintained his innocence over the years and has many times declined to publicly discuss the accusations in interviews.
Most of the alleged assaults fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal charges, but numerous civil lawsuits have been brought against Cosby. As of November 2015, eight related civil lawsuits are active against Cosby.
Two of the allegations involve child sexual abuse. According to various media reports, both of the victims were 15-years-old at the time of the alleged assault.
The earliest alleged incidents took place in the mid-1960s, with the rest scattered all the way until the latest, in 2008.
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