Thursday, April 1, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Cosby juror started deliberating before trial; defense moves to remove him

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One of the jurors selected this week for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial should be removed for making a comment indicating the TV icon is guilty, according to defense lawyers.

After almost three days of jury selection, prosecutors and lawyers for Mr. Cosby agreed on the final member of the panel, a white man, ending a drawn-out process in which the defense team used all but one of its seven strikes. The jury selection was closely watched because Mr. Cosby’s previous trial on the same charges ended last summer with a hung jury unable to reach a verdict after six days of deliberation.

A motion filed late Friday afternoon says the man, who was elected as Juror 11, said, “I just think he’s guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here,” during the jury selection process.
Another prospective juror, who was ultimately not selected, says she heard the comment while a small group of jurors were waiting be individually questioned by the judge, the defense says.
After being dismissed, she called two of Cosby’s lawyers.
“I reached out to tell them about what I heard because I did not feel it was right, and I wanted to make sure Mr. Cosby has a fair trial,” she wrote in a declaration attached to the motion.

Jurors this time were asked whether they had formed opinions about Mr. Cosby’s guilt or innocence in the highly publicized case, whether they were already too influenced by the #MeToo movement and allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and whether they or a close family member had been a victim of a sexual assault.

Two of the 12 jurors — a man and a woman — are black; the rest are white. All are residents of Montgomery County, a predominantly white suburban area north of Philadelphia.

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