Prosecutors: Token Black Jurors Enough for Cosby

Race has reared its head in jury selection in the sexual assault retrial of comedian Bill Cosby.

On Wednesday, prior to a female African-American juror entering the courtroom, prosecutors appeared to have objected despite the woman having completed her pre-selection requirements.

When she affirmatively answered the judge’s questions as to whether she could be fair and impartial — a question that many of the overwhelmingly white panel responded negatively — prosecutors still asked that she be stricken — or barred from selecting.

Defense Attorney Kathleen Bliss immediately objected, citing a law that prohibits discrimination during jury selection.

Perhaps, insulting were the words of Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden, an African American, who argued that the defense had already secured “two black jurors.”

That insinuation appeared to suggest that prosecutors have already given Cosby’s team “their token black jurors” and they cannot expect anything further.

The statement outraged the one African-American spectator and African-American members of Cosby’s team.

Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault that stems from an incident with former Temple University Employee Andrea Constand more than 14 years ago. The comedian, who paid Constand a $3.5 million civil settlement in 2005 after former District Attorney Bruce Castor found that Constand was not credible and the case had no evidence, has maintained his innocence.

He could face 10 years in prison for each count.

So far, eight panelists have been selected, including six white jurors and two African Americans.

Show More

Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker
%d bloggers like this: