Bill Cosby Lawyers: Oust Juror Over His Comment

Male juror reportedly considers trial a waste of time
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 7, 2018 5:25 AM CDT
Bill Cosby Lawyers: Oust Juror Over His Comment
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse after jury selection for his sexual assault retrial, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

A man selected as a juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial thinks the comedian is guilty and wants the case to be over, according to a prospective juror who says the man offered his opinion as they chatted during jury selection, the AP reports. Cosby's lawyers seized on the alleged comment and asked Friday that the juror be removed immediately from the retrial, which begins Monday in suburban Philadelphia with opening statements. They attached an affidavit from the prospective juror who talked to the man as an exhibit. He is said to have stated: "I just think he's guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here."

If the juror isn't removed, the defense lawyers says, Judge Steven O'Neill should question him to determine if he can be fair and impartial, or if he lied during the questioning that led to his selection. They also want the other jurors questioned to see if they were influenced by the man's alleged comment. The prospective juror said she didn't know if the man was joking or serious. She said in her affidavit that some people being considered for the jury were sitting close enough to overhear the conversation and they may have heard the comments about Cosby.

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