Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Cosby hires former Michael Jackson lawyer

Cosby hires former Michael Jackson lawyer

The comedian announced his new squad of lawyers on Monday (21Aug17), on the eve of a pretrial hearing in Norristown, Pennsylvania, arranged to allow now ex-Cosby lawyers Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa to officially exit his defence team.

At one point during jury deliberations, the judge expressed annoyance that Wyatt had told reporters the time had come to declare a mistrial, prompting McMonagle to make it clear that Wyatt did not speak for the legal team.

Mesereau represented Jackson in his 2004 child-molestation trial and won an acquittal.

He recently took a turn battling murder and attempted murder charges for rap mogul Suge Knight and represented Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers after she snapped a photo of a naked woman in a gym locker room and shared the pic on Snapchat. Blake was eventually acquitted in March 2005.

The three will replace Brian McMonagle, a top defense attorney from Philadelphia, and Los Angeles defense lawyer Angela Agrusa, who had been in the case since Cosby's arrest on December 30, 2015.

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Bliss is a former federal prosecutor now working in Las Vegas. Neither offered any reason for their requests.

As the first trial earlier this summer made clear, Constand and the Montgomery County District Attorney's office see that differently.

Cosby, who is free on $100,000 cash bail, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Lawyers from the first trial in June had said they wanted off the case.

Cosby, 80, has pleaded not guilty to drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University staffer Andrea Constand inside his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. The final split was 10-2 in favor of convicting the entertainer, according to juror accounts.

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