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Cosby wants jury to be prescreened for bias



Published: Tue, March 21, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

Cosby wants jury to be prescreened for bias

PHILADELPHIA

Bill Cosby’s lawyers hope to prescreen potential jurors to weed out those with opinions about the sex-assault case before jury selection begins in person.

A defense motion filed Monday says the “inflammatory” worldwide coverage of the case has probably left some potential jurors with opinions about the actor’s guilt or innocence.

They say pretrial questionnaires have been used before in celebrity trials.

The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a young woman at his house in 2004. Cosby calls the sex acts consensual.

He is set to go on trial June 5 near Philadelphia. The jurors will be chosen from the Pittsburgh area because of pretrial publicity and sequestered about 300 miles near the Montgomery County courthouse.

Eric Trump, wife to become parents

NEW YORK

President Donald Trump is about to become a grandfather for a ninth time.

Trump’s son Eric announced on Twitter Monday that he and his wife, Lara, are expecting their first child. The baby boy is due in September.

Eric Trump, who lives in New York, wrote “it’s been an amazing year” and said that he and his wife were “blessed” by the pregnancy.

Eric, 33, and his brother Don Jr. are running the Trump Organization after the president said he cut ties with his business to take office.

The two brothers and their sister Ivanka are from Trump’s first marriage to Ivana Trump. Don Jr. has five kids while Ivanka has three. Tiffany Trump, whose mother is Marla Maples, Trump’s second wife, is unmarried and has no children.

Associated Press


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