Bill Cosby Hires MJ Lawyer Tom Mesereau In Sexual Assault Retrial

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Tom Mesereau, the lawyer who helped Michael Jackson get acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005 will be lead Cosby's attempt to avoid prison time if found guilty in his criminal case retrial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand.

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.

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

Silver represented now-imprisoned former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania in a corruption case.

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.

All three new defense lawyers will appear Tuesday at a hearing scheduled by Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill to discuss any pretrial issues that will have to be addressed before the scheduled November 6 trial.

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After a week of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations, the jury told the judge they could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three charges.

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.

Despite admitting in depositions more than a decade ago to giving Constand Benadryl pills on the night of the alleged assault in his Philadelphia-area mansion almost 13-years ago Cosby always has insisted that the encounter with the ex-Temple University employee was consensual.

Acting on the motion of defense attorneys, the judge declared a mistrial. Cosby, 80, maintains his contact with Constand was consensual.

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