Two Black Jurors Chosen for Cosby Trial

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All 12 jurors and six alternates in the Bill Cosby sex-assault trial were seated early Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh for the case, which is scheduled to begin June 5 in Montgomery County near Philadelphia, 300 miles away. The jury is made up of six white men, four white women, one black man and one black woman, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Four alternates are white men; one is a black man and the other a black woman.

The jury selection included some levity, when one prospective male juror joked about having been married for 45 years and said that some people get less time for murder. That man was not selected as a juror because of medical issues. One of the lingering questions was how diverse the jury would end up being. Defense lawyers for Cosby accused prosecutors of trying to exclude black people from the jury.

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