Attorneys for comic Invoice Cosby return to courtroom on Monday to argue that his sexual assault case has drawn an excessive amount of publicity to permit for a good felony trial in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Montgomery County Choose Steven O’Neill will hear arguments on what seems to be the one main pretrial challenge remaining in Cosby’s sexual assault case, three days after he dominated that prosecutors can name a second accuser as a witness. The trial is scheduled for June.
Cosby, 79, is going through fees that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former assistant basketball coach at his alma mater Temple College, in 2004.
The case is the one felony prosecution ensuing from accusations in opposition to the entertainer by greater than 4 dozen ladies, although the deluge of allegations has shattered his as soon as family-friendly popularity.
Cosby has denied any wrongdoing and has mentioned his encounter with Constand, just like the others, was consensual.
Cosby’s attorneys have argued in courtroom papers for both transferring the trial to a different Pennsylvania county, often called a change in venue, or importing jurors to Montgomery County from elsewhere within the state, often called a change in venire.
The protection famous that Montgomery County District Legal professional Kevin Steele, who’s main the prosecution, campaigned in 2015 by criticizing a predecessor for failing to pursue the Cosby case. The ensuing information protection has made choosing an neutral jury from the county unimaginable, they argued.
Prosecutors oppose transferring the trial however have consented to a change in venire. Nonetheless, they’ve balked at Cosby’s suggestion that solely a county with greater than 1.2 million individuals can yield a big sufficient jury pool to make sure equity.
In courtroom filings, Steele has identified that solely Pittsburgh and Philadelphia meet that criterion and mentioned the protection seems to be looking for a good jury.
Beneath state regulation, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court docket selects the brand new county when a choose approves a change of venire.
On Friday, in a blow to Cosby’s protection, O’Neill dominated that prosecutors might name at trial one other girl who has accused him of an identical assault within the 1990s. The district legal professional’s workplace had sought to name as many as 13 different ladies.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez)