Bill Cosby’s Lead Defense Attorney Wants Out Before Retrial

Bill Cosby’s Lead Defense Attorney Wants Out Before Retrial

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One Bill Cosby sexual assault trial was enough for defense attorney Brian McMonagle.

McMonagle, a Philadelphia-based defense lawyer, has requested to resign from Cosby’s defense team and will not be defending the 80-year-old Cosby when the former comedian faces a retail in November, according to a motion filed Tuesday in Montgomery County Court.

The motion did not give a reason for the attorney’s request. McMonagle did not return requests for comment from the media.

The Norristown Patch, based in the Pennsylvania community where Cosby’s trial was held, said the departure had been rumored ever since the trial ended with a hung jury in June.

In his motion to withdraw, McMonagle asked the court to give Cosby until Aug. 21 to find a new lead for his defense.

McMonagle has been representing Cosby since 2015.

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“It’s true and we’re still vetting lawyers that are on my short list,” Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said. “That person will be named later in the month.”

Angela Agrusa, McMonagle’s co-counsel, remains on Cosby’s defense team.

The website Deadline.com reported last month that changes in the defense team could be in the works.

“A new trial is a chance to reset and find the right players to get the judgment the defense desires,” Deadline quoted what it said was an individual close to Cosby’s defense team, saying the change was not personal.

At the time, reports indicated differences between McMonagle and Wyatt might be the reason for the change..

Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill, who oversaw the June trial, has ordered Cosby and all other parties to appear in court Aug. 22 to discuss McMonagle’s motion.

O’Neill could rule at that hearing on where jury selection will occur. Jurors in Cosby’s first trial were selected in the Pittsburgh area.

Cosby has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with the sexually assault of Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.


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