Bill Cosby Wants To Screen Potential Jurors Prior To His Sexual Assault Trial
Bill Cosby believes that the “inflammatory” media coverage of his sexual assault case has instilled a predetermined bias of guilt against him in his upcoming trial. Because of this, the comedian believes he should be allowed to pre-screen thousands of potential jurors to minimize the inevitable bias, Page Six reports.
Cosby and his lawyers already argued to bring in jurors from outside of Montgomery Country, Pennsylvania, where his trial is set to take place on June 5, due to pretrial publicity. They even attempted to have the whole trial moved to another location.
The 79-year-old actor filed a new motion on Monday proposing that he be able to pre-screen as many as 2,000 potential jurors to eliminate any who already have opinions on his guilt or innocence, according to Page Six.
The defense said that other celebrities have been allowed to use pretrial questionnaires in their trials, and Cosby should be allowed the same right.
Cosby stands accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his estate just outside of Philadelphia in 2004. At least 60 women have accused the comedian of similar acts, but only two will be allowed to testify against him during the trial.