Cosby judge expects trial to last 2 weeks; jury sequestered

  • Cosby judge expects trial to last 2 weeks; jury sequestered

Cosby judge expects trial to last 2 weeks; jury sequestered

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

Bill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017.

Cosby, long beloved as America's Dad for playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his sitcom "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, has called the encounter with Constand consensual. O'Neill said more extensive questioning of jurors, with more specific questions, can occur after they arrive in court for in-person questioning. It's set to begin in early June, and last about 2 weeks. Last month, the girl's mother told The Associated Press that her daughter received online threats following the attack and that neighborhood kids were ringing her doorbell looking for the girl, who hasn't returned to the neighborhood.

Those announcements came at the start of a daylong hearing in which the contours of the long-awaited trial began to emerge - from how the 12 jurors and six alternates will be chosen to what evidence they will be allowed to consider.

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

Disco biscuits, Spanish fly and quaaludes could be on the agenda when Bill Cosby is in court for the latest showdown over evidence in his Pennsylvania sexual-assault case.

And to do so, they want the trial judge to let them use Cosby's own words against him - and not just from the deposition in which he acknowledging giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

"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.

"This case never had anything to do with Andrea Constand", he said, referring to the former Temple University employee the comedian is charged with sexually assaulting.

The Pennsylvania prosecution team wants to show that I Spy star Cosby's experiences with quaaludes shows he is a date-rape drug frequent flier. But his lawyers say that's irrelevant since they were banned 20 years before he met the trial accuser.

McMonagle gave those comments this afternoon as part of a motion to exclude using as evidence comments Cosby made about quaaludes in a 2005 deposition as part of a Constand civil suit, and comments about Spanish Fly in a book and on "Larry King Live".

Cosby, in the deposition, also gave potentially damaging testimony about a string of affairs and sexual liaisons with young women over a 50-year span.