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
Bill Cosby Hires Michael Jackson's Lawyer
FILE - In a May 24, 2017 file photo, Tom Mesereau, attorney for model and Playboy bunny Danielle "Dani" Mathers, talks to reporters outside Los Angeles County Superior Court. Bill Cosby's spokesman announced Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, that Cosby has hired Mesereau,, Michael Jackson's former lawyer, to represent...   (Reed Saxon)

(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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