Cosby jury nearly filled as defence alleges discrimination

Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse before jury selection in his sexual assault retrial

The amount of money Andrea Constand received from Bill Cosby in the 2005 civil suit may finally be released in Cosby's upcoming sexual assault retrial, the Inquirer reported.

Cosby's lawyers had appeared ready to strike at the first instance of prosecutors blocking a black juror, producing a legal brief that argued the move violated a 32-year-old Supreme Court ruling that prohibits prosecutors from excluding prospective jurors due to their race.

Eight jurors have been seated so far: four men, and four women; six white, and two black.

Cosby's lawyers had appeared ready to strike at the first instance of prosecutors blocking a black juror, producing a legal brief that argued the move violated a 32-year-old Supreme Court ruling that prohibits prosecutors from excluding prospective jurors due to their race.

Prosecutors denied race had anything to do with it.

The jury has seven men and five women.

The charges were lodged against Cosby on December 30, 2015, before the 12-year statute of limitations to file charges expired.

Dickinson said she did not come forward about what allegedly happened to her at the time because she was afraid of retaliation from Cosby and damages to her career.

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Last year's trial was mostly a case of he-said-she-said.

Media lawyers had challenged an arrangement that forced reporters to watch the group questioning part of jury selection on a closed-circuit feed from another courtroom. The camera showed the judge, prosecutors and defence lawyers, but not potential jurors who were being questioned as a group.

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Montgomery County President Judge Thomas DelRicci agreed to move the camera to the back of the courtroom so the media could see the potential jurors.

Wednesday marks the third day of jury selection.

Bill Cosby (center) is escorted into the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday morning.

Cosby walked into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse Wednesday where lawyers are continuing to choose the jury.

On Monday, nearly all of the 120 jurors said they have knowledge of the Me Too Movement and allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

The 80-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former Temple University athletics administrator at his home in 2004. The first trial end in a mistrial last June when the jury could not reach a verdict.

Cosby's lawyers scored a pair of rulings Tuesday crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar.

The former TV star once known as America's Dad for his portrayal of kindly Dr Cliff Huxtable on his NBC hit The Cosby Show was in the courtroom as jury selection got under way. The process resumes on Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss said in court that someone connected with the defense team heard someone on the prosecution side say "something that was discriminatory and repulsive" after the black woman was dismissed.

O'Neill also ruled on Tuesday that the jurors can hear how much money Cosby paid Constand to settle her 2006 civil lawsuit. Constand stated that a "high-profile" person did "something similar" to her. Jackson told her that she should have reported it. In the deposition for that case, Cosby admitted to buying Quaaludes and giving women drugs and alcohol before sex - but he said every interaction was consensual, including with Constand.

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