Judge Rules Bill Cosby Jury Will Come from Outside Montgomery County, Pa., and Will Be Sequestered

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is scheduled for June

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Even though entertainer Bill Cosby’s upcoming trial will still take place in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, its jury will come from outside the county and will be sequestered, a judge ruled Monday.

Citing extensive pre-trial publicity, Cosby’s attorneys had asked Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill for the June trial to be moved outside of the county and/or for a jury to be brought in from outside the county. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele filed a motion opposing the change of venue but did not oppose a jury pool from outside the county.

After a short hearing Monday, Judge O’Neill made his ruling.

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Bill Cosby court hearing, Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - 27 Feb 2017
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Cosby, 79, left court without commenting. He has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, now 43, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004. Cosby has pled not guilty to the charges and denies similar allegations from more than 60 other women.

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Steele had asked the judge to allow 13 of those accusers to testify at Cosby’s trial to show a pattern of behavior by the comedian, but on Friday the judge ruled he’d only allow one additional alleged victim to testify.

The trial is scheduled to begin June 5 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

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