2 blacks on Cosby case of 12; alternates picked

Trial Consultant: Jurors on Cosby's Case Must be Picked Wisely

Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks

Bill Cosby and one of his attorneys, Angela Agrusa, right, arrive at the courthouse in Pittsburgh for the third day of jury selection. After selection, eighteen of those people will be bused about 300 miles (500 km) to Norristown where the trial of Bill Cosby for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand is scheduled to begin on June 5. Two of the men selected said they or someone close to them had been sexually assaulted, but they insisted they could judge the case fairly.

"My father is being punished by a society that still believes black men rape white women, but passes off as "boys will be boys" when white men are accused", she said.

Cosby, who outside the court room Wednesday thanked his fans for their support, told Sirius XM radio host Michael Smerconish earlier this month that he does not expect to testify at the trial.

The jurors will be sequestered at a hotel for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.

Cosby, who claims he's completely blind, has been in good spirits this week and has flown in and out on a private plane every day from the Philly area for jury selection. Kevin R. Steele, Montgomery County District Attorney, said he is satisfied now that the process is complete.

The initial jury pool had 14 blacks among the 100 people summoned to court.

The jury pool is approximately 88 percent white, consistent with Allegheny County census bureau data for 2015.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault unless they come forward, as Constand has done.

"How my father is being punished by a society that still believes black men rape white women; but pass off "boys will be boys" when white men are accused and how the politics of our country prove my disgust". Potential jurors were asked if they had religious beliefs or experiences with criminals that might affect their ability to serve impartially. Two more were selected as alternates. He said she had been a Pittsburgh police detective who was charged with falsifying time sheets in a department scandal; the charges were dismissed and she later filed a lawsuit against the city. Defense attorneys failed to convince Judge Steven T. O'Neill that prosecutors were "systematically excluding" potential black jurors.

One-third said they were more likely to believe police testimony, almost one-fourth had been convicted of a crime and almost one-fifth said someone close to them had been sexually assaulted.

Yet it was poor form for Cosby to break his silence of nearly two years and do a radio interview in which he supported his daughter's assertion that racism is behind the allegations that scores of women have leveled against him.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault, claiming any sexual contact or drug consumption was consensual. A new pool of about 93 people was brought in and surveyed through a show of hands.

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