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11 people seated on Cosby jury

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bill Cosby, right, arrives for the second day of jury selection in his sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH — Bill Cosby’s lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to “systematically” keep blacks off the jury Tuesday after prosecutors used their strikes to keep two black women off the panel.

Judge Steven O’Neill for now rejected the argument after prosecutors said the second woman was a former detective who had sued Pittsburgh and may have an anti-government bias. O’Neill said he would revisit the issue if defense lawyer Brian McMonagle offered any statistical evidence to back up the discrimination complaint.

The 11 people chosen so far include one black juror. The 100 people summoned to the Allegheny County courthouse have included 16 people of color. A new jury pool will be summoned today, when lawyers return to seek the final juror and six alternates.

The jurors selected included a black woman who said she knew only “basic information” about the case, a young white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police, and two people who said they don’t read or watch the news.

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