Fresh sex trial for Cosby next year

The Nation - - WORLD -

THE SEC­OND sex­ual as­sault trial of American tele­vi­sion leg­end Bill Cosby will open on April 2, 2018, the pre­sid­ing judge ruled Fri­day.

The trial was orig­i­nally to have started on Novem­ber 6, but Judge Steven O’Neill of the Court of Com­mon Pleas in Nor­ris­town, Penn­syl­va­nia agreed to post­pone it un­til the spring to give the ac­tor’s new lawyers time to pre­pare.

O’Neill had de­clared a mis­trial in June when the jury in an ear­lier trial proved hope­lessly dead­locked.

Cosby’s lead at­tor­ney in that trial, Brian McMona­gle, an­nounced in Au­gust that he was with­draw­ing from the case. He was suc­ceeded by Los An­ge­les celebrity at­tor­ney Tom Me­sereau, who gained fame in 2005 by win­ning ac­quit­tal on all charges for su­per­star en­ter­tainer Michael Jack­son at the end of a four-month trial on child mo­lesta­tion.

Two other lawyers, Kath­leen Bliss and Sam Sil­ver, have joined Me­sereau’s de­fence team.

Dozens of women have ac­cused Cosby of sex­ual as­sault, abuse or mis­con­duct over the years, but the trial next year will deal only with one of the al­leged at­tacks.


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