Bill Cosby Has a New Lawyer

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Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pennsylvania on June 15. Tracie Van Auken EPA file

A new legal team of heavy hitters will represent actor and comedian Bill Cosby in his new sex assault trial in Montgomery County.

Besides Mesereau, lawyers Kathleen Bliss and Sam Silver will represent Cosby, according to a statement by Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's publicist, on Monday.

The three will replace Brian McMonagle, a top defense attorney from Philadelphia, and Los Angeles defense lawyer Angela Agrusa, who had been in the case since Cosby's arrest on December 30, 2015.

All eyes will be on Mesereau, best known for winning acquittal for Jackson in 2005 at his six-month trial in California on more than a dozen child molestation charges.

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.

Silver represented former Congressman Chaka Fattah in his federal corruption trial and Graham Spanier, the former Pennsylvania State University president convicted on charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex case.

Cosby's first trial on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 ended in a hung jury. Cosby, 80, maintains his contact with Constand was consensual.

Acting on the motion of defense attorneys, the judge declared a mistrial.

Cosby has denied all charges.

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. At one point during the trial, McMonagle stood beside Cosby and suggested to jurors that while Cosby may have been an unfaithful husband, that didn't make him a criminal.

In a July interview about the case to celebrity news website TMZ, Mesereau said the trial was a "waste of time" as prosecutors had "a very weak case".

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