Bill Cosby Lawyer Brian McMonagle Quits Before Retrial

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 2, 2017

- Bill Cosby's defense attorney in his sex assault trial that ended with a deadlocked jury wants off the case before a retrial that's scheduled to begin in November. But according to the paper, once he does, Cosby will have until August 21 to name a new lawyer for the second trial. There were several moments during Bill Cosby's first trial that McMonagle and Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele engaged in emotionally charged exchanges over issues concerning the case.

In June, O'Neill declared a mistrial after more than 50 hours of deliberations.

Nearly certain that his exit will go ahead and be approved by Judge Steven O'Neill later this month, McMonalge joins the likes of Marty Singer, who left his longtime client in October 2015 plus former Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Tayback and Washington D.C-based Monique Pressley as former members of the revolving door known as Team Cosby.

The original trial was brought by Andrea Constand, who has accused the 80-year-old comedian of drugging and raping her in 2004 at his home in Pennsylvania. Constand met Cosby through Temple University, where she worked in the women's basketball program. The documents say Cosby is seeking a replacement. Constand said Cosby gave her three blue pills to relax her, but she says the pills left her unable to fend off Cosby's sexual advances. Cosby is being retried on three counts of aggravated assault.

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