The jury has been selected for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, which will begin next month in Norristown, Pennsylvania, according to ABC News.
Cosby’s defense team was quick to criticize the make-up of the jury, which is almost split down the middle between men (7) and women (5), but only has two Black jurors. This will surely play into the narrative that Cosby’s being set up because of his status as a prominent Black man. But the selection of this jury is worthy of a closer look.
For example, with two out of 12 jurors being Black, they represent 17 percent. Which is more than the 13 percent in the population of Allegheny County. Also, only 10 percent of the potential jurors were Black, with 10 out of 100 being so. And this all happened after Cosby’s attorney’s were allowed to pick jurors from a different county to get a more diverse group.
Given the jury’s make up, race will likely be viewed as an undeniable part of the narrative going forward. And not the fact that Cosby is on trial for one of a string of accused assaults spanning decades.
“I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything,” he said during a deposition in a civil suit over this same assault. “And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped.”
That’s Cosby’s way of saying that things were consensual.
Court proceedings will start on June 5 in Montgomery County as the world will surely be watching to see what the future holds for the 79-year-old.