Disco biscuits, Spanish fly: Cosby lawyers to argue evidence

Disco biscuits, Spanish fly: Cosby lawyers to argue evidence

Disco biscuits, Spanish fly: Cosby lawyers to argue evidence

Prosecutors, defense lawyers and Montgomery County judge Steven O'Neill put the finishing touches on the June 5 trial which will import jurors from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to Norristown.

Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee at his home in 2004. The jurors will come from the Pittsburgh area and be sequestered throughout the trial almost 300 miles away in Norristown in suburban Philadelphia.

Cosby's lawyers have gone to extremes to avoid jury bias and to prevent the numerous women who claims Cosby sexually assaulted him from testifying. Over 50 women have come forward with allegations of being drugged and raped by Cosby over the last five decades. He says lawyers can question people further in court.

The suburban Philadelphia judge won't let the jury hear from a woman who says Cosby gave her quaaludes in the 1970s.

The judge said the standard 16-question state form would be mailed to potential jurors.

O'Neill has previously ruled the deposition could be used as evidence, but this argument dealt with only this certain piece of it. Cosby's lawyers said the statements about quaaludes shouldn't be included as evidence, citing a decision made earlier this year to include only testimony from one past alleged victim, accuser No. 6.

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Officials on both sides said North Korea dominated the discussions as two countries believe the situation reached unsafe levels. The nuclear-armed North has test-launched a series of missiles in recent months and conducted two nuclear tests previous year .

"You can not walk into a grocery store, a convenience store, a minimart, without seeing (tabloid reports) ... calling him a racist", Defense Attorney Angela Argrusa said in court Monday.

Bill Cosby arrives to court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, for an April 3 pretrial hearing on sexual assault charges. However, this is the only criminal charge he has faced.

But he asked O'Neill to bar the prosecution from mentioning the subsequent civil settlement, in which Cosby paid her an undisclosed sum in exchange for her agreement not to cooperate with future law enforcement efforts.

Cosby, whose career and wholesome image were shattered by the accusations, has said every sexual encounter was consensual. He writes "they're never in the mood for us" so "they need chemicals".

"The context is important here, admissions that demonstrate motive and intent", Assistant District Attorney M. Stewart Ryan argued to the judge as he sought to use excerpts from Cosby's book and television interview at trial.

The hearing Monday focused initially on picking a jury.

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