Bill Cosby's Legal Team Suffers Another Defection

Brian McMonagle left has quit the legal team of Bill Cosby center ahead of a scheduled re-trial

Brian McMonagle left has quit the legal team of Bill Cosby center ahead of a scheduled re-trial

Brian McMonagle of Philadelphia has filed documents seeking to withdraw as Cosby's lawyer. Judge Steven O'Neill will take up McMonagle's request at an August 22nd hearing. 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. Singer's departure from Cosby's team was reportedly not one of ill will, though, as Deadline noted at the time, neither party would name why he left the team.

With a mistrial declared on June 17 on the three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault that could see Cosby in jail for a decade if found guilty, a retrial has now been set to start on November 6 in Norristown, PA. Cosby's trial ended when the jury, picked from Allegheny County, could not agree on a verdict.

A pre-trial conference was set for August 22 at 9 a.m.at the Montgomery County Courthouse on the request to withdraw as counsel and any other outstanding issues, according to court documents. Constand met Cosby through Temple University, where she worked in the women's basketball program. Jurors were unable to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts of sexual assault.

Constand had testified that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Cosby said the sex was consensual.

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