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Two Blacks on Cosby Case of Twelve; Alternates Picked

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:59 PM

All 12 jurors and six alternates have been chosen for the Pennsylvania jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial.

Two blacks are among the 12 people on the jury. The panel includes seven men and five women. The jury makeup is 17 percent black, higher than the 13 percent black population in Allegheny County.

Five men and one woman will fill in as alternate jurors if needed.

Leaving the Pittsburgh courthouse Wednesday evening, Cosby thanked local residents and fans.

The 79-year-old Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee in 2004. Cosby, who goes on trial June 5, has called the encounter consensual. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

The judge, meanwhile, removed a white male juror chosen Monday for undisclosed reasons. The person chosen to replace him is a white woman.

Prosecutors say race was not a factor in their decision to strike two black women from the panel this week.

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