Jury in Place For Bill Cosby's Retrial

Janice Dickinson shown here with her attorney Lisa Bloom right will give evidence in Cosby's retrial

The 12 jury members that will hear the sexual assault case involving comedian and former TV star Bill Cosby were selected Wednesday, despite the defense's claim that the prosecution illegally remove one woman from the panel based on her race.

The panel, which includes 10 whites and two blacks, was picked to decide the 80-year-old comedian's fate.

Six more jurors were chosen on Tuesday, bringing the total number seated to seven.

The identities of the individuals remain unknown, but is made up of five women and seven men.

Cosby's lawyers complained that prosecutors had improperly excluded two white men from serving on the jury on the basis of race and age, including one who said he thought numerous women coming forward in the #MeToo movement are "jumping on the bandwagon".

The defense didn't reveal in open court what they claim had been said, but sought to use the remark as evidence that prosecutors illegally removed the woman from the jury pool on the basis of her race.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The defence had made the same argument on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) regarding the prosecution's exclusion of several white men, but Judge Steven O'Neill rejected it. During another alternate's individual questioning, she said she had previously formed the opinion that Cosby was guilty, but she would be able to base her opinion of the defendant's innocence exclusively on the evidence presented in the case.

Castor's lawsuit said Cosby paid Constand "well into the millions of dollars" in a civil settlement. O'Neill did not explain his change of heart but issued one caveat, saying he could revisit her testimony after Constand takes the stand.

In recent years, dozens of women publicly accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, up to and including rape, but allegations go back decades, and the vast majority won't be adjudicated because of statutes of limitations.

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Cosby swung his cane and said, "Good morning, good morning", as he walked into the courtroom.

Cosby's lawyers objected to having reporters in the courtroom because they feared it could hurt their ability to find a fair and impartial jury. Defense attorneys have said jurors should be told to prepare for a trial that lasts one month, and the panel will be sequestered. The camera showed the judge, prosecutors and defence lawyers, but not potential jurors who were being questioned as a group.

Bill Cosby's lawyers have scored a pair of rulings crucial to their strategy of painting his accuser as a money-grubbing liar as jury selection in his sexual assault retrial continues for a third day.

Jury selection in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial has been halted as the comedian's lawyers challenge the prosecution's decision to exclude a black woman from the jury.

Jury selection resumes for a fourth day on Thursday as the prosecution and defense work to select six alternates.

"Crying by men and by women and more than one", he said.

Montgomery County President Judge Thomas DelRicci said he would schedule a hearing on the news media's request.

Race dominated Wednesday's selection process.

Ms Constand's lawyer has said Ms Jackson is not telling the truth.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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