Judge: Cosby Jury Won’t Come From Montco

by Dan McQuade | February 27, 2017 11:45 am

Bill Cosby - Norristown

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown this morning | AP Photo: Matt Slocum

Update, 11:45 a.m.: Judge Steven O’Neill ruled today that the jury for Bill Cosby’s aggravated indecent assault will not come from Montgomery County — but the trial’s venue will remain in Norristown.

Cosby’s attorneys wanted a complete change of venue. Instead, jurors will come from a neighboring county, but the trial will remain in Montgomery County. Jurors will be sequestered after they’re selected.

Earlier: Bill Cosby is back in court again today.

The entertainer, charged with felony aggravated indecent assault, is in court today asking a judge to bring in jurors from outside Montgomery County. The decision to not charge Cosby when the allegations against him originally surfaced, in 2004, became part of the race for District Attorney in 2015[1].

As a result, Cosby and his lawyers say jurors from outside the county should serve on the jury for his trial. The AP reports[2] prosecutors don’t oppose the motion.

On Friday, trial judge Steven O’Neill ruled[3] that prosecutors may call one additional Cosby accuser. Montgomery County authorities wished to call 13 additional women who wanted to testify against Cosby.

Instead, testimony will only come from Prior Alleged Victim Six, who says that in 1996 Cosby gave her a pill and wine, then molested her. She is represented by Gloria Allred, who released a statement saying she’s “glad at least one such witness will be able to testify in this case.”

Endnotes:
  1. race for District Attorney in 2015: http://www.montgomerynews.com/thecolonial/news/cosby-kane-ignite-interest-in-montgomery-county-district-attorney-race/article_43e556f6-3cbb-5cdf-8c7b-4e1e00f06752.html
  2. reports: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/02/27/bill-cosby-to-ask-judge-for-outside-jury-for-criminal-trial/
  3. ruled: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/bill-cosby-scandal/bill-cosby-sex-assault-case-judge-will-allow-another-accuser-n725176

Source URL: http://www.phillymag.com/city/2017/02/27/bill-cosby-is-back-in-court-today/