PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jurors for Bill Cosby‘s criminal sex assault case in suburban Philadelphia will come from across the state.
The panel will be chosen in Allegheny County. Pittsburgh, the county seat, is nearly a 300-mile drive from the Montgomery County courthouse, where the trial is set to start by early June. The jury will be sequestered.
The decision Monday comes after the comedian’s lawyers asked for outside jurors because of ongoing publicity.
They suggested a large, diverse jury pool from either Philadelphia or the Pittsburgh area. Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle says he has no immediate comment on the decision from the state Supreme Court.
Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former Temple University employee in 2004 at his suburban Philadelphia estate. He turns 80 next month.
Cosby has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.
Celebs Who Have Been Accused of Sexual Assault
1. Darren Sharper1 of 13
2. Rosey Grier2 of 13
3. Ceelo Green3 of 13
4. Mike Tyson4 of 13
5. Alex Da Silva5 of 13
6. Britney Spears6 of 13
7. Sean Kingston7 of 13
8. Tupac Shakur8 of 13
9. Al Gore9 of 13
10. Bill Cosby10 of 13
11. John Travolta11 of 13
12. Lawrence Taylor12 of 13
13. R. Kelly13 of 13
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