Apr 08 2018
The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial has given his legal defence a huge boost, ruling his lawyers can call a witness who says the accuser talked about framing a celebrity before she went to police in 2005 with allegations about the comedian.
The panel, which includes 10 whites and two blacks, was picked to decide the 80-year-old comedian's fate. The panel of five women and seven men that was selected ultimately failed to reach a unanimous verdict in Cosby's first trial in June.
Defense attorney's claimed similar cases of discrimination during jury selection on Tuesday, claiming the prosecution was eliminating older white males from serving on the jury.
Cosby's lawyers had appeared ready to strike at the first instance of prosecutors blocking a black juror, producing a legal brief that argued the move violated a 32-year-old Supreme Court ruling that prohibits prosecutions from excluding prospective jurors due to their race.
Steele didn't give a reason why the prosecution used one of its seven peremptory strikes on the woman, who had said she could ignore what she knows about the Cosby case and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct in order to serve as an impartial juror.
Cosby faces three counts of sexually assaulting Ms Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball administrator, at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.
Judge Steven O'Neill questioned a group of 120 prospective jurors as jury selection continues for a fourth day Thursday.
Castor's lawsuit said Cosby paid Constand "well into the millions of dollars" in a civil settlement. The judge issued one caveat to the ruling, saying he could revisit his decision after Constand's testimony.
Cosby, whose reputation has collapsed since his '80s sitcom redefined mainstream depictions of African-American families on TV, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Bill Cosby's payout to Andrea Constand will be revealed at trial, judge rules
Cosby swung his cane and said, "Good morning, good morning", as he walked into the courtroom. The state insisted that is not the case, and pointed out that two black people have already been seated on the panel. Prosecutors and Cosby's lawyers nevertheless found him acceptable.
The first alternate picked Thursday, a middle-aged black man, said he could set aside what he's heard about the Cosby case but hesitated and couldn't guarantee it when pressed by the judge.
A dozen people were invited back for individual questioning Wednesday as the prosecution and defense look to fill 11 remaining spots. Cosby's defense announced at a pretrial hearing last week that it would seek to enter its details in court.
Bliss also accused one member of the prosecution team - whom she did not name - of making "discriminatory and repulsive" comments, which she did not detail or describe in open court.
The original retrial was due to begin in November 2017 but was pushed back six months after Cosby hired the new lawyers.
Eight jurors have been picked so far, including one Wednesday. The process resumes on Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia.
Defense lawyers had asked O'Neill to permit Jackson to testify that Constand, a former co-worker, once told her she could profit by accusing a famous person of sexual assault.
The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
Ravens agree to deal with QB Robert Griffin III
The following season Griffin was set back by a dislocated ankle and sustaining a concussion during the 2015 preseason. He was the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft and counted on to be the franchise quarterback for the Washington Redskins .
Danville man arrested after morning bank robbery
Witnesses told police his last known location and officers found Portugal in an alley of the 100 block of Robinson Street. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in locating a man wanted for a recent bank robbery.
It's vital Sterling stays at City, says Guardiola
Goodison is always a tough ground, the Manchester derby is going to be very, very hard and we know how well Tottenham play at Wembley.
Apr 07 2018
Quick start sends Minnesota Duluth to Frozen Four final
They gave up the fewest number of goals in the league and opened up 13-0 in league play. The Bulldogs , meanwhile, are a No. 3 seed and the tournament's 12th overall seed.
Apr 06 2018
Here's how Donald Trump could have just helped Stormy Daniels' legal case
Ms Daniels claims she had a sexual encounter with the president in 2006 and was paid as part of a nondisclosure agreement she is seeking to invalidate.
Apr 06 2018
Migrants set for Rwanda freed after relocation deal collapses
Yahya Sinwar (in center, with binoculars), the political chief in Gaza for the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas. President Donald Trump's December 6 decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and to move the U.S.
Apr 05 2018
Motherhood changed me — Emily Blunt
Then if she said yes, I'll do it for you that would've felt weird for me and I wouldn't have been able to direct her in same way. In addition, since License to Wednesday , I've always talked Dunkin Donuts with Krasinski because we're both from New England.
Apr 05 2018
WPP CEO Martin Sorrell under probe for allegations of personal misconduct
With Sorrell's position now in doubt, WPP board members will perhaps wish they had established an heir apparent some years ago. While the company didn't elaborate, it did note, "The allegations do not involve amounts which are material to WPP ".
Apr 05 2018
Rams plan to sign Brandin Cooks to extension before season starts
While he wasn't always an efficient deep threat, Cooks helped to stretch the field with a speed element the team otherwise lacked. With two first-round picks (No. 23 and No. 31), the Patriots have what it takes to get in the Beckham Jr. conversation right now.
Apr 04 2018
SA seven wickets away from 3-1 and history
That record, of missing out on a series win over Australia at home for so long, bugged South African cricket for a long time. The Australian batsmen could not handle Philander, to the point where Pat Cummins opted to rather not play him.
Apr 03 2018
Snow Falls Across Harlem During Spring Storm
Between the Atlantic City Expressway in Mainland Atlantic County, up to Stafford and LBI, up to an inch can fall. Rain is likely most of the day on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning as the wind picks up throughout the day.
Apr 03 2018
NYC could get 7 inches of snow today
About 4.8 inches of snow fell in Central Park on Monday morning, well above the average April monthly snow total of 0.6 inches. A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for tonight through Tuesday night for the entire area except Iron and Ashland counties.
Apr 01 2018
North and South Korea Set Date for Summit
As the third-largest steel exporter to the US, South Korea had a lot to lose from the 25 per cent tariffs. The change in tactics could be an attempt to ease pressure from heavy sanctions and improve its economy.
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