Judge Grants Change of Venire in Cosby Trial

02 March, 2017, 00:27 | Author: Michele Stevens
  • Cosby to ask judge for outside jury for criminal trial

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial this spring will stay in Montgomery County, Pa., but will be decided by jurors from outside the county, a judge ruled Monday, citing pervasive local media coverage of the case.

As a result, Cosby and his lawyers say jurors from outside the county should serve on the jury for his trial.

Prosecutors did not oppose the idea of bringing in an outside jury, but pushed back against Mr. Cosby's attempts to move the trial from Norristown. He said Cosby couldn't expect to find a jury anywhere that is "oblivious" to the dozens of sex assault accusations lodged against him by Andrea Constand and other accusers. "The publicity that necessarily follows the rich and famous can not insulate them from prosecution".

Montgomery Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill is presiding over the trial.

After jurors are selected, they will be transported to Montgomery County, where they will remain sequestered until a verdict is reached.

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"The publicity that necessarily follows the rich and famous can not insulate them from prosecution", District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

The judge said that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would select the new county from which jurors would be picked, in keeping with state law.

It was his first victory in a series of pretrial motions his lawyers filed trying to puncture holes in prosecutors case, or get it tossed out all together.

A few days ago, we reported that a judge had ruled that only one of the many women who have accused Cosby of assaulting them-other than the one he's on trial for-will be allowed to take the stand.

The county has experience in dealing with high-profile cases, such as last year's prosecution of former state attorney general Kathleen Kane, Ryan said. Montgomery County authorities wished to call 13 additional women who wanted to testify against Cosby.

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