Bill Cosby's Lead Attorney Wants Out

Files paperwork to withdraw as counsel
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2017 10:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bill Cosby is in need of a new attorney. Brian McMonagle, the comedian's lead defense lawyer during his recent sexual assault trial, filed documents Tuesday seeking to withdraw as Cosby's counsel, the AP reports. Cosby faces a second trial in November after the judge declared a mistrial in the first due to a deadlocked jury, and McMonagle's filing says the 80-year-old comedian is looking for new representation. A judge is set to consider McMonagle's request Aug. 22 at a pre-trial conference. No official comment from McMonagle or Cosby, but Cosby's rep confirms to USA Today that McMonagle is withdrawing and that Cosby's team is "vetting" possible replacements. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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