On May 22, jury selection begins in the criminal sexual assault case against Bill Cosby. The jury selection takes place in Pittsburgh, but the trial should happen in suburban Philadelphia. Opening statements occur June 5.
The selected jury will need to travel almost 300 miles away from home in Allegheny County for as much as two weeks for a trial. The judge assigned to the case intends to summon a large number of possible jurors to question in the search for twelve jurors and six alternate jurors.
The defense team is concerned that the publicity about the trial will make it impossible to find unbiased jurors.
Cosby, 79, faces charges of drugging and molestation of a former employee of Temple University. The alleged acts took place in 2004. The victim reported that Cosby invited her to his home to discuss her career.
Cosby was an alumnus, donor and trustee of the university until the scandal broke. The victim claims that Cosby gave her pills and wine causing her to feel nauseous and she could not move. She then reported that Cosby molested her.
Cosby plead not guilty, but remains free on a $1 million bail.