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  • Cosby lawyers: No T-shirts, flowers or slogans at retrial

  • Bill Cosby's lawyers want T-shirts, buttons and other slogan-filled items banned from his upcoming sexual assault retrial after some accusers were seen with them in the audience at his first trial. Cosby's lawyers argued in court papers on Tuesday that slogans like "We Stand in Truth" could influence jurors. Cosby has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Jury selection is scheduled for April 2.

, FILE- In this June 17, 2017, file photo, Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa. Cosby's lawyers are asking Judge Steven O'Neill in his upcoming sexual assault retrial to step aside, arguing he could be seen as biased because his wife is a social worker who's described herself as an "advocate for assault victims." Cosby's lawyers said Thursday, March 22, 2018, that some of O'Neill's rulings, including his decision to let five additional accusers testify, could give the appearance he's influenced by his wife's work. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

20 of March 2018 20:57:43

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers want T-shirts, buttons and other slogan-filled items banned from his upcoming sexual assault retrial after some accusers were seen with them in the audience at his first trial.

Cosby's lawyers argued in court papers on Tuesday that slogans like "We Stand in Truth" could influence jurors. They also want to ban people from bringing in flowers, posters and other props.

Some women at Cosby's first trial carried bouquets of pink gladioli to express solidarity with other women who say the comedian drugged and molested them.

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

His first trial ended in a hung jury. Retrial jury selection is scheduled for April 2.

Prosecutors on Tuesday said jurors shouldn't hear why a district attorney declined to file criminal charges in 2005 because his opinion is irrelevant to the case at hand.

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