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Looks Like Bill Cosby’s Legal Team Is Having Trouble Finding Impartial Jurors, Shocker of Shockers

NORRISTOWN, PA - APRIL 5: Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury selection for his sexual assault retrial April 5, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. A former Temple University employee alleges that the entertainer drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. More than 40 women have accused the 80 year old entertainer of sexual assault.

In news that is probably surprising to no one, it is proving difficult for Bill Cosby’s legal team to find impartial jurors for his upcoming sexual assault retrial.

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As reported by Jezebel, Cosby’s team filed a motion yesterday asking the judge to remove a juror who was allegedly overheard saying “I just think he’s guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here.” However, the team also seems to be going beyond feelings about Cosby in their attempts to weed people out.

His lawyers tried to weed out “jurors who might be ‘influenced’ by having heard about the #MeToo movement, countless other reports of sexual assault within the entertainment industry, and having been or knowing someone who has been the victim of sexual assault” over their three-day selection process.

So…basically everyone, then? So, there won’t be a jury? Because that’s everyone?

They eventually replaced the dismissed juror, but the best they could come up with was a juror who admitted “that she thought he was guilty but promised to remain impartial.”

Uh-huh. Sure. I’d “promise” to “remain impartial,” too. I mean, there are only over 50 well-publicized allegations of sexual crimes but, you know, it’s much easier to believe that all those people are lying, right? I mean, no rational, sane person would consider the testimonies and allegations of nearly 100 people as enough basis upon which to form an opinion. Right?

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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