Embattled actor/comedian Bill Cosby is seeking to have as many as 2,000 potential jurors interviewed for his sexual assault trial in a bid to single out any bias.
The Cosby Show star is facing trial for three charges of felony indecent assault, amid allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
Last month (Feb17), the 79-year-old scored a small legal victory in the case after a judge ruled the jury will come from another county in Pennsylvania. Now his lawyers are looking to prescreen the potential jurors by sending pretrial questionnaires to as many as 2,000 people, quizzing them over their feelings about Cosby.
"The extraordinarily widespread media attention that this matter and other accusations against Mr. Cosby has received makes it a greater challenge to identify and select impartial prospective jurors," lawyers Brian MCMonagle and Angela Agrusa wrote in a motion filed on Monday (20Mar17).
Cosby's trial is scheduled to begin on 5 June (17).
More than 50 women have come forward in recent years with historical sex assault allegations against the veteran funnyman. His representatives have repeatedly denied the accusations.
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