First juror selected in Cosby's retrial

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

Cosby's first trial last June ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a verdict. She alleges Cosby drugged her and then assaulted her in 2004 at his home outside Philadelphia. He says the encounter was consensual.

The defense made it clear in pretrial hearings earlier this month that the recent increased attention on sexual misconduct and assault allegations against well-known men will result in a biased jury pool for Cosby.

In all, prosecutors and the defence removed a total of 91 potential jurors before breaking for the day, leaving only 28 from this group to fill the remaining 17 slots.

What happened in the first trial: Constand testified, Cosby did not.

All but one potential juror say they have heard or seen something about the #MeToo movement exposing sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

At a hearing last month, Cosby lawyer Becky James argued it would be hard to find an impartial jury in this climate: "There's no way we will get a jury that hasn't heard these allegations against not just Mr. Cosby but many other celebrities".

The jury questioning revealed some potential witnesses, including Dawn Staley, the SC women's basketball coach who was Ms Constand's boss at Temple, Temple board President Patrick O'Connor, who represented Cosby in Ms Constand's 2005-06 lawsuit against him, and Judge Risa Vetri Ferman, the former district attorney who charged Cosby just before she left office in 2015.

Judge Steven O'Neill said Monday that Cosby's lawyers objected to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association's request because they feared it could hurt their ability to find a fair and impartial jury.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press and other news organizations filed a legal motion Tuesday to challenge an arrangement that forces reporters to watch the proceedings on a closed-circuit feed from another courtroom. But Cosby's lawyers themselves blocked several white women from serving, and the judge rejected their argument about the prosecution.

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O'Neill says individual questioning of potential jurors will take place directly in front of reporters.

He is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty.

The ruling to allow Margo Jackson's testimony came on the second day of jury selection for the second trial where the 80-year-old entertainer will face charges that he sexually assaulted a staffer more than a decade ago at his alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia. Prosecutors and the defense are going through the surveys as they begin whittling the jury pool down to the 12 who will decide his fate.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for jury selection for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, US on April 3, 2018.

Former university trustee Bill Cosby walks into the Montgomery County Courthouse on Monday.

Jackson, according to the affidavit, recalled being on a trip to Rhode Island and rooming with Constand and watching a television news report "about a prominent person who had been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women".

The judge presiding over Bill Cosby's felony sexual-assault trial handed the defense a big win today.

One juror said the panel was split 10-2 in favor of conviction, while another said the group was more evenly divided.

A big question during the jury-selection process this week has been the impact the #MeToo movement is having on potential jurors.

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