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Bill Cosby Hires Michael Jackson's Lawyer

Tom Mesereau won an acquittal in Jackson's child molestation trial
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2017 1:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bill Cosby has hired Michael Jackson's former lawyer to represent him at his November retrial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania, the AP reports. Cosby's spokesman announced Monday that the 80-year-old comedian is bringing in Tom Mesereau to lead a retooled defense team. Lawyers from the first trial in June, which ended in a hung jury, had said they wanted off the case. Mesereau won an acquittal in Jackson's 2004 child molestation trial. He has also represented boxer Mike Tyson, rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, and a Playboy bunny. Mesereau will be joined by former federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss, as well as Sam Silver, who represented now-imprisoned former US Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania in a corruption case. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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