Bill Cosby’s Attorney: He Can’t Get A Fair Trial ‘Anywhere In This Country’
A Norristown, Pennsylvania judge denied a request from Bill Cosby’s lawyers to move his sexual assault case out of Montgomery County on Monday, but they don’t think he can get a fair trial no matter where its held.
“They [media reports and pretrial publicity] have in fact demonized this man and thereby tainted the jury pool of Montgomery County,” defense lawyer Brian McMonagle told the judge of his client. “I do not believe there is any place anywhere in this country now where he can receive a fair trial. I hope I’m wrong.”
“The bias in in the water in this courthouse,” McMonagle said at the hearing Monday. “From [Montgomery County] DA Steele’s political campaign all the way to the employees who work here. Everyone has been affected by this.”
“Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the message that has been promoted has been that Bill Cosby is guilty and a serial rapist,” McMonagle continued. “The American media, the international media, have decided to be judge, jury and executioner in Bill Cosby’s case.”
Although the judge denied the request to move the trial, he said he would allow out-of-town jurors to sit in on the trial, according to Page Six. The jurors will come from either Allegheny County or Philadelphia County for Cosby’s trial on June 5.
“We are not interested in the court of public opinion,” Montgomery County Assistant DA Stewart Ryan said to the court during the hearing. “We want to come into the court of law and present facts, put facts and evidence in front of a jury and let them decide.”
The 79-year-old disgraced comedian will stand accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his Philadelphia estate in a 2004 incident. Many other women have since accused Cosby of similar actions, but the judge ruled last week that only one other accuser will be allowed to testify against him.