Cosby retrial in spring 2018

Cosby retrial in spring 2018

Cosby retrial in spring 2018

The retrial of disgraced U.S. television icon Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges on 22 August was pushed back to 2018, to give his new lawyers time to prepare their defense.

The lawyers who represented Cosby at the first trial, Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, had asked to be let off the case.

The case centers on testimony from Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who accuses Cosby of drugging and assaulting her in January 2004.

The original proceedings ended in a mistrial in June when jurors couldn't agree to convict Cosby on three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby, 80, built a long career on a family-friendly style of comedy that unraveled after dozens of women came forward to accused him of a string of sex assaults dating to the 1960s.

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Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill granted their request, praising them for their "extraordinary advocacy".

As per reports, Constand was the first of more than 50 women to bring allegations of sexual misconduct against Cosby over the years.

Since the loss of his primary legal defense team, Bill Cosby has retained high-profile counsel to plead his case during his upcoming retrial.

Mesereau, who will be joined by Kathleen Bliss of Nevada and Sam Silver of Pennsylvania, successfully defended "Baretta" star Robert Blake in the murder of his wife more than 10 years ago. He has said their sexual encounter was consensual.

Judge O'Neill compelled Bill Cosby's new legal team to consider a retrial date beginning sometime between March 15 and April 1, but a firm date for the retrial has not yet been decided upon.

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The new lawyers said they want jurors picked from Montgomery County, where the alleged assault at Cosby's home took place.

Jackson, facing multiple counts of child molestation, had replaced his former attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman-two prolific lawyers-with Mesereau before the start of his 2005 trial in Santa Maria, California.

The jurors in the first trial were bused in from Pittsburgh after Cosby's lawyers argued that intense publicity would make it almost impossible to select an impartial local jury.

"This case deserves a verdict and we intend to get there", Steele said.

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