Unsurprisingly, yet another lawyer does not want to represent Bill Cosby during his trial for sexual assault, according to Page Six. It's the second time this year that a Cosby lawyer has wished to depart.
The motion to be removed from the case was filed by Philadelphia lawyer Samuel Silver on Friday. Despite him being on the verge of losing a second local lawyer this year, Cosby is still being represented by a legal team that includes L.A. attorney Tom Mesereau. Mesereau is most well known for representing Michael Jackson during his 2005 trial for child molestation. However, Pennsylvania law states that he also needs local representation from within the state and that is something the 80-year old clearly doesn't seem to be able to get. Although the motion still has to be officially approved by a judge, this could not have come at a more inopportune time for Cosby. His retrial is set to begin in less than two months. The first attorney to be dismissed from the case was Brian McMonagle, who withdrew back in August 2017.
The retrial follows his original trial ending with a deadlocked jury this past June. The trial is centered around Cosby allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004 although dozens of other women have also accused Cosby of similar actions.
Despite his severely tarnished reputation, Cosby was recently spotted performing standup at a local club in Philadelphia. Although reports claim the outing was met with a fairly friendly response from the small crowd, there had to have been at least a slightly uneasy vibe in the room seeing the disgraced comedian trying to crack lighthearted jokes like everything is normal.
The jury selection process for Cosby's retrial will begin on March 29. The trial will officially get underway on April 2. Cosby has continued to deny all of the charges brought against him. He faces up to 30 years behind bars if convicted.