Will This Be the Trial That Puts Cosby Away?

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania—Bill Cosby’s second trial on drugging and sexual assault charges begins Monday, but don’t expect it to be a simple repeat of the first one that ended with a mistrial last June.

Nearly everything has changed.

Cosby has a new, more aggressive, seven-member legal team, led by Los Angeles-based Tom Mesereau. A key part of their overall strategy is to paint Constand, as a lying, scheming woman out for cash, a strategy Mesereau successfully used to get singer Michael Jackson’s acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005. They don’t seem to be afraid to play to the media, much to the consternation of the more low-key prosecutors, or even anger the judge, which they did last week when they whipped out a motion alleging racial bias during the jury selection process after the prosecution

While the gender and race makeup of the jury is the same (seven men, five women; two black and 10 white) it skews younger and is local as opposed to being from across the state. CLICK FOR MORE

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