See How Jurors Are Being Selected For Bill Cosby's Court Case
A third of candidates say they already have an opinion on the case.
Bill Cosby arrived at a Pittsburgh courthouse Monday for the first day of jury selection in his sexual assault trial.
The legendary comedian, who says he's legally blind, held onto the arm of an assistant and used a cane as he entered court.
He walked straight through a gauntlet of cameras and ignored reporters as they peppered him with questions. At one point he appeared to swat away a reporter who got too close.
Three thousand potential jurors have been summoned to the Allegheny County Courthouse. The judge is calling 100 at a time.
On Monday, 53 women and 47 men packed the courtroom. Sixteen of them were African American.
All the potential jurors are being asked the same questions: “Do you have any knowledge of the case?” to which an overwhelming 86 percent said yes.
Another question asked is, “Have you formed an opinion of the guilt or innocence of Mr. Cosby?” and 34 percent said they had.
“Would you have trouble being fair and impartial?” was another question with 25 percent saying they would.
Another question was, “Have you or any member of your family been a victim of sexual assault?" Thirty-five percent said they had.
Once selected, the 12 jurors plus six alternates will be bussed 300 miles from Pittsburgh to Norristown, outside Philadelphia, where Cosby's trial will take place.
Cosby is standing trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, an assistant basketball coach at Temple University in 2004.
Cosby has denied all allegations against him.
The jurors will be sequestered at a hotel for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last two weeks. They'll be allowed access to TV, iPads and the internet, but they must avoid all news reports about the trial.
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