Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer for sex assault retrial

Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer for sex assault retrial

Cosby hires Michael Jackson's lawyer for sex assault retrial

Bill Cosby just scored one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country to defend him in his sexual assault retrial.

A jury last June could not reach a verdict in Cosby's first trial.

Thomas Mesereau is no stranger to high-profile court cases.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former operations manager of Temple University's women's basketball team.

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

O'Neill declared a mistrial and District Attorney Kevin R. Steele immediately informed the judge he would retry Cosby.

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The retrial is scheduled to begin in November. Cosby faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

In 2015, Mesereau was retained by rap mogul Knight to represent him on murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges after a man was killed by a vehicle driven by Knight near the set of Straight Outta Compton. Silver, an adjunct faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania, also represented former Penn State President Graham Spanier at his child endangerment trial earlier this year.

Bliss, who heads her own law firm in Las Vegas that specializes in the protection of individual liberties and civil rights matters, will aid Mesereau in Cosby's defense.

Constand, 44, of Ontario, Canada, testified over two days that after taking the blue pills she began slurring her words and became "frozen" or paralyzed and was unable to fight off Cosby's sexual advances.

But McMonagle and Agrusa argued Cosby was the victim of false accusations and that the entertainer and Constand had a "romantic relationship" and consensual sexual contact during the 2004 incident.

In a July interview about the case to celebrity news website TMZ, Mesereau said the trial was a "waste of time" as prosecutors had "a very weak case".

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