Sunday, October 25, 2020
Sunday, October 25, 2020

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

Your Content is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.

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.
- Advertisement -

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.

COURT DOCUMENTS

- Advertisement -

Protect Independent Journalism

Your Content is a nonprofit newsroom that produces nonpartisan, evidence-based journalism to expose injustice, corruption and wrongdoing.

Spearheading the news revolution for Americans across the nation, Your Content has brought a voice to those the media failed to acknowledge.

This story you’ve just finished was funded by our readers and we hope it inspires you to make a gift to Your Content so that we can publish more reports like this one that holds people in power to account and produces real change.

Your donation will help us ensure that we can continue this critical work. We are busier than ever covering stories you won’t see anywhere else.

Nursing Home Dubbed a PRISON, No Contact ‘From the Outside’ As They Perish

Officials in Delaware County ​are under fire after residents declared a nearby elderly home a prison.

Florida Lawyer-Turned CRIMINAL Defendant Nabbed by FBI for FIVE Banks Robberies

A Florida attorney is suspected of being involved in a string of bank robberies.

‘The Laptop From Hell’ Brought Up During Debate, Biden Says It Belongs to ‘Russia’

President Donald Trump freaked out on former VP Joe Biden at the final presidential debate when he dared mix Russia with his...

Biden Scolds Trump for Being Friends with Kim Jong-un the ‘THUG’ and Says Hitler Was Friendly Before Invasion

Biden says overseas Chinese are bad people — especially President Xi and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

Biden Demands Trump’s Taxes When Asked About Hunter Biden’s Shady Dealings

Former VP Joe Biden flipped the question of the night back to President Trump during the final debate.

Trump ‘Will Simply Walk Out’ If Mic Gets Cut ‘Too Much’

“We’ve been told to prepare for an early exit—likely because of ‘foreseen technical difficulties.’”​

Debate Commission to Cut Sound from President Trump’s Microphone, Source Confirms

President Donald Trump’s campaign was made aware by a debate whistleblower that they plan to cut the sound from his microphone when...

Tony Bobulinski Breaks Silence Just Before Tonight’s Debate: ‘Joe Biden Is Lying About China’

Tony Bobulinski said the material he has 'will bury' his associates, himself and 'Joe Biden and his family.'

Stay Informed & Get Your Content, Daily.

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Your Content is a not-for-profit national American media organization of artists and journalists headquartered in Pennsylvania.