On Tuesday, Bill Cosby's defense team accused prosecutors of trying to keep older white men off the jury for his sexual assault retrial.
The panel, which includes 10 whites and two blacks, was picked to decide the 80-year-old comedian's fate.
Jury selection got underway Monday, with all but one potential juror telling a judge they've heard or seen something about the #MeToo campaign exposing sexual misconduct in the news and entertainment industries. James Kirkland Batson, a black man convicted by an all-white jury for burglary, argued that his rights were violated after four black people were struck from the panel.
Cosby's lawyers complained that prosecutors had improperly excluded two white men from serving on the jury on the basis of race and age, including one who said he thought numerous women coming forward in the #MeToo movement are "jumping on the bandwagon".
Cosby's lawyers had appeared ready to strike at the first instance of prosecutors blocking a black juror, producing a legal brief that argued the move violated a 32-year-old Supreme Court ruling that prohibits prosecutions from excluding prospective jurors due to their race.
Picking a jury has proven particularly tough after the #MeToo movement started toppling famous men in rapid succession months after Cosby's first trial ended in a deadlock.
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Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually molesting Ms Constand, a Temple University women's basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
Judge Steven O'Neill has ordered both sides into chambers to talk it over.
"She's the only African-American left", Cosby's attorney Kathleen Bliss said. The judge also helped the defence case by ruling that jurors can hear how much Cosby paid the accuser, Andrea Constand, in a 2006 civil settlement. O'Neill did not explain his change of heart but issued one caveat, saying he could revisit her testimony after Constand takes the stand.
Steele denied Bliss' allegations as "simply ludicrous".
Two of the people who made the cut said they had no knowledge of the Cosby case.
It's illegal for either side to use peremptory challenges - their chances to reject a potential juror without giving a reason - to keep someone off a jury exclusively on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender.
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Cosby's lawyers alleged a member of the prosecution team made a disparaging remark after prosecutors rejected one of the few black women considered for the case. Cosby says the encounter was consensual.
Cosby's lawyers have expressed a concern that the recent downfalls of powerful men accused of sexual assault will lead jurors to group Cosby into that same category. Jackson says Constand once commented to her about setting up a "high-profile person" and filing a lawsuit.
The defense is alleging the prosecution was discriminatory in using one of its seven strikes to remove the woman from consideration.
The defense never revealed what they claim was said and agreed to pick more jurors.
The saga began this morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse here in Norristown, PA, after a middle-aged black woman was dismissed as a potential juror by prosecutors. The process resumes on Wednesday in suburban Philadelphia.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
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