Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks

Bill Cosby pauses in the courtyard for attorney Angela Agrusa to talk to the media as they arrived for the third day of jury selection in his sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse Wednesday

Bill Cosby lawyers criticize lack of minority jury candidates

For now, Judge Steven O'Neill has rejected the race bias argument. When asked about that after court, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters "it's a terrific jury made up of people from all demographics, all over Allegheny county".

"We believe this is systematic exclusion of African-Americans", McMonagle said.

The initial jury pool had 14 blacks among the 100 people summoned to court.

Cosby's lawyers had wanted to draw the jury from an area other than Montgomery County to obtain a larger and more diverse pool. Lawyers then chose a white woman to replace him.

The jury so far consists of six men and four women.

Prosecutors and the defense team on Wednesday also selected three of six alternates, and two of them are black.

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

Numerous themes that will undergird Cosby's trial once testimony begins June 5 - sex, race and the influence of media coverage - were present over three days of tense questioning of jurors.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in 2004.

One of Cosby's daughters, Ensa, has said that the complaints against Cosby by many women were racially motivated, and in a radio interview last week - his first in two years, made as his lawyers said they sought to change the public's perception of him - Cosby said he thought race might be a factor. Of the eleven, seven were men, four were women.

All of them are white.

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The judge ruled in favor of the prosecution, allowing them to block the woman's appointment, unless the defense can prove that the prosecution did so for racial reasons. They will be sequestered 300 miles from home in suburban Philadelphia for the trial.

The 79-year-old black actor-comedian once known as America's Dad for his beloved portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has pleaded not guilty.

The judge presiding over the case said he'll consider McMonagle's claim if he presents a statistical analysis to back them up.

"How my father is being punished by a society that still believes black men rape white women; but pass off "boys will be boys" when white men are accused and how the politics of our country prove my disgust".

Bill Cosby and one of his attorneys, Angela Agrusa, right, arrive at the courthouse in Pittsburgh for the third day of jury selection.

Cosby arrived at the Allegheny County Courthouse just before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Cosby has called the encounter consensual.

Cosby goes on trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia.

During the proceedings on Wednesday, one juror who had been chosen on Monday was removed - a white man O'Neill said was exempted for "deeply personal reasons". Their names, ages and occupations are being kept private.

Seventy five potential jurors said they had already heard something about the case, and half indicated they had already formed an opinion.

"Race plays a role in every trial, but it shouldn't eclipse. the evidence", Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson said.

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