New jury pool being questioned for Cosby trial

Bill Cosby's defense attorneys Brian J. McMonagle right and Angela Agrusa talk with reporters after the second day of jury selection in Cosby's sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse Tuesday

Bill Cosby's defense attorneys Brian J. McMonagle right and Angela Agrusa talk with reporters after the second day of jury selection in Cosby's sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse Tuesday

Seven are men, the rest women.

Five men and one woman will fill in as alternate jurors if needed.

Cosby stopped on his way out of the courthouse to briefly address reporters, thanking the people of Allegheny County and the sheriff's office employees who provided security throughout the proceedings.

Seven jurors are white men, three are white women and there is one black woman. Two of them are black.

The jury came from two pools, totaling 193 Allegheny County residents. He eventually settled on a 30-year-old white woman, who has a 2-year-old child. 86 of them said that they have knowledge about the case.

Dozens of other women have made similar accusations against Cosby, 79, but O'Neill is allowing only one of them to testify at the June 5 trial in suburban Philadelphia.

The judge is not yet convinced. Others were sent home later because they had relatives who were crime victims, or an ill spouse or no one to watch their dog. A new jury pool will be summoned on Wednesday.

The sex assault trial of Cosby, an worldwide celebrity once known as "America's Dad", is expected to draw hundreds of media representatives from around the world.

McMonagle challenged the prosecution's move, arguing that it was a violation of U.S. Supreme Court ruling Batson vs. Kentucky, which states prosecutors must find a race-neutral reason for keeping minorities off juries with a preemptive strike. Ten are white, and one is black.

Allegheny County is 13 percent black and the jury makeup is about 17 percent black.

Six alternate jurors are also needed.

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The 48-question juror survey asked if the potential jurors have an opinion about Cosby's guilt but not if they were fans of his comedy routines, top-ranked TV shows or family values speeches.

Bill Cosby has arrived for the third day of jury selection in his Pennsylvania sex assault case.

After jury selection ended, judge O'Neill, who is presiding over Cosby's trial, praised Allegheny County for its accommodations. Cosby is adamant that the act was consensual.

Cosby goes on trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. The woman said her mother could care for the child during the two to three weeks the jury will be sequestered 300-miles away in suburban Philadelphia.

Lawyers are bringing 100 new prospective jurors to the courthouse Wednesday.

It took more than 10 hours of feuding to seat the first African American juror, selected midafternoon Tuesday.

With just one black person seated among the first 11 jurors chosen for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, the defense is crying foul.

In the end, all but one member of the panel said they were at least somewhat familiar with the allegations against Cosby.

More than 50 women have come forward in recent years to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct over the decades, but this is the only criminal trial he has faced.

This story has been corrected to show that lawyers hope to get six alternates, not two. In high-profile cases, it's not uncommon for jurors to be removed for various reasons during the trial.