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First five jurors chosen for Cosby’s sexual assault trial

The jury that will decide whether Bill Cosby is guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia-area home 13 years ago began taking shape Monday as five jurors were seated during a lengthy opening day of the famed entertainer s trial. The dueling over jurors, which is set to continue Tuesday, offered some hints at what each side is hoping the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates will look like. Defense attorneys angled to block young white women from the jury, and the prosecution kept an African American woman from being seated. Cosby watched attentively as Judge Steven O Neill individually questioned a parade of potential jurors who took seats at the same table where Cosby sat just a few feet away. Still, at one point Cosby raised his hand and asked court officials to instruct jurors to speak up.

The 79-year-old comedian and actor is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women s basketball team staffer, in 2004. Three white men and two white women were eventually seated on the jury. The jurors, whose names were not disclosed, range from an elderly man who entered the courtroom leaning on a cane to a woman who said she is a mother and appeared to be in her 30s or early 40s. Each side can block seven jurors from being empaneled, and the process quickly began to resemble a chess match as attorneys tried to decide which potential jurors to strike. The emotions of the mostly tense day peaked late in the afternoon when prosecutors huddled to try to decide whether to use one of their seven strikes to block the seating of a middle-aged African American woman who said she d formed some opinions about the case from watching media coverage. While the prosecutors spoke in hushed tones, Cosby laughed so hard that he had to hold his hand over his mouth.

When prosecutors announced their decision to keep the black candidate off the jury, Cosby defense attorney Brian McMonagle frowned in an animated fashion and shook his head, staring out to the audience of reporters gathered in the cramped courtroom with its wheezy air conditioner. Legal experts have speculated that Cosby who has said racism played a role in his prosecution might benefit from having blacks on the jury. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, prosecutor Kevin Steele seemed surprised at the fast pace, saying to a court security guard at a break: We ve got five jurors. Didn t think we d get this far. Pretrial publicity is one of the biggest challenges facing the defense as they size up potential jurors gathered in this large downtown courthouse, which resembles a medieval castle. One-third of the 100 potential jurors said Monday that they ve already formed an opinion about the comedian s guilt or innocence.

Earlier in the day, Cosby sat in a larger courtroom before the entire jury pool, mostly staring impassively at the ceiling. But Cosby s hands clenched ever so slightly and he closed his eyes when O Neill asked about preconceived notions. The relentless media coverage of Cosby s alleged sexual misdeeds was a recurring theme in the questioning, harking to news reports about 60 women who have said Cosby raped, sexually assaulted or sexually harassed them in the past five decades. (He has denied all such claims.) Only about 14 potential jurors said they hadn t heard anything about the allegations against Cosby. Cosby s defense team persuaded the judge to select a jury from Pittsburgh, some 300 miles west of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where the prosecutors lodged the charges, by arguing that potential jurors in Montgomery County, in suburban Philadelphia, were tainted by intense pretrial publicity.

O Neill told jurors they will be bused to Montgomery County to hear testimony in a trial that is scheduled to begin June 5 and expected to last two to three weeks. He said they would be sequestered in a very nice hotel.

Cosby arrived at the courthouse in a tan jacket and a tie spotted with large orange and yellow polka dots. Cosby, who says he s legally blind, leaned heavily on the arm of his public-relations representative and carried a slender wooden cane. When he entered the courtroom he cupped a box of facial tissues in his hand, then slid it around the wooden defense table until it was positioned just within his reach.

Weekend police: Men charged with accosting women, stalking

Two North Platte men were charged with crimes against women over the weekend, one of them at the Platte River Mall, leading to a series of charges, including assault and shoplifting.

The other man is charged with stalking, and his held on a corresponding high bond.

In the first arrest, police spokesman John Deal said officers went to the Platte River Mall at 4:54 p.m. Sunday to check out a reported disturbance. By the time police arrived, the man had left on foot, but a description was obtained. A patrol officer soon found a man near SunMart on Francis St. who fit the description — Michael E. Cook, 33. According to the police report, a mall security guard said he was called to one of the stores about Cook harassing customers. The guard told Cook to leave, but Cook allegedly shoved and threatened the guard, earning Cook a charge of third-degree assault.

Several juveniles said Cook had approached them and told him he was the owner of one of the stores and could get them discounts. Deal said Cook allegedly grabbed one of them by the arm and his general behavior was disturbing to the juveniles, leading to a charge of disturbing the peace. A woman who works at Claire s said Cook entered the store and told her that he was a secret shopper. Police believe Cook removed a Justin Bieber backpack as well as other merchandise totaling about $100 from the store. He also approached the woman, made contact with her breasts and told her she was good looking, leading to a charge of third-degree sexual assault. Then he left without paying for the merchandise, earning him a shoplifting charge.

When police tried to take Cook into custody, he pulled away and said he wasn’t going anywhere with them. Deal said he resisted handcuffs and police made an effort to get him into the patrol car, so he was also charged with resisting arrest. Deal said Cook is apparently from Colorado and arrived in town in the last couple days, but has no permanent residence here. Cook was given temporary residence at the jail. Bond was set Monday afternoon at $25,000.

In a facebook post, one of the victim s mothers, Deanna Miller of Gothenburg, warned others Monday to be on their guard such things can happen near to home.

Thank goodness my daughter and her friends know not to go with strangers and to stand up to strange men, Miller wrote.

Stalking charge

Later Sunday at 9:31 p.m., an officer went to the Subway in the Love’s Truck Stop to check out an harassment complaint. The officer met a 17-year-old woman, who said she used to work with Anthony Navarrete-James at Subway. She said he has been sending her vulgar and threatening messages through Facebook, and will not stop. When she threatened to call the police, Navarrete-James, 25, made a threat about harming the police officer who showed up, according to the police report.

Deal said an officer went to the 1800 block of West 14th with probable cause to arrest Navarrete-James for stalking, because he repeatedly sent threatening messages to the young woman after being told to stop. Deal said Navarrete-James was uncooperative. He taunted the officer on the front porch and when the officer started to arrest him, he pulled away, tried to run inside and close the front door. The officer took Navarrete-James to the ground, at which time he began to claw the officer’s face and eyes, causing minor injury.

The officer was able to handcuff him and take him to jail, where Navarrete-James was formally charged with stalking and felony assault on an officer.

Bond was set Monday at $150,000.

Accenture Achieves Lead Innovation Position in ‘Winner’s Circle’ of HfS Research’s 2017 Managed Security Services …

NEW YORK–([1])–Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has been positioned in the Winner s Circle and ranked as the leader in innovation in the inaugural HfS Research s 2017 Managed Security Services report. The report recognizes Accenture for industry focus, global capabilities and depth of major Managed Security Service areas among other category rankings.

Businesses want clear advice on how to prevent, monitor and mitigate cyber threats. That is why we continue to aggressively invest in next-generation technology and business solutions that enable organizations to proactively manage their most pressing security challenges, said Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security. We are extremely proud to be recognized as leading the industry in innovation for managed security services. Our mission is to continue innovating and expanding our industry expertise across the full spectrum of our services to help our clients protect their entire attack surfaces. The report evaluated 13 service providers of managed security services against a broad set of capabilities related to depth and quality of services, automation and analytics, industry expertise, vision for security as well as talent strategy. The Winner Circle position reflects Accenture s ability to execute well on these capabilities while focusing on emerging technologies like predictive analytics and crafting differentiated thought leadership in the market.

Accenture s focus on bringing industry depth to its security practice helps the firm move beyond tactical checklist-style approaches to managed security, said Christine Ferrusi Rossi, research vice president, Security and Blockchain, HfS Research. The firm s thought leadership on data ethics also helps differentiate the firm in the market. A CISO in the financial services sector said, Cyber adversaries are constantly adapting and creating new ways to find and exploit vulnerabilities in corporate IT systems. To out-innovate attackers, you cannot do it alone. Securing an organization hinges on a team of knowledgeable security specialists with the right skills, approaches and tools to combat these adversaries. We have found that Accenture s comprehensive Managed Security Services helps makes that possible through great talent and comprehensive solutions, enabling us to embed risk management into the fabric of our business.

The 2017 Managed Security Services HfS Blueprint focuses on Managed Security Services delivered on an ongoing basis to help clients prevent, monitor, report and remediate threats to their business. An important element of the ranking recognizes offerings and delivery that demonstrated clear understanding of how security fits into broader business context, proactively staying current with changing security threats and a vision for security s role in the customer experience. Accenture strengths highlighted in the report include:

  • Industry Focus: Accenture has specifically invested over the past year in expanding its security delivery beyond industry-specific regulatory requirements to putting security in the context of business trends that affect clients business.
  • Cyber Fusion Centers: The firm has combined its security innovation labs and Liquid Studios capabilities for proof of concepts to move clients faster into operationalized security.
  • Global Capabilities: Accenture has strong delivery capabilities with security-specific delivery centers in all major geographic regions.
  • Depth in all Major Security Areas: The provider has services in all of the areas included in the Managed Services category except for physical security, which it plans to add in the next 12-18 months.
  • Data Ethics: Accenture is building thought leadership around data ethics, the concept of ensuring data and algorithms used in security are used for ethical and legal purposes.
  • Client Relationships: Accenture s strong account management capabilities are evident in the number of references, the seniority of references (all CISOs), and the speed with which those references made time to speak on Accenture s behalf.

The HfS 2017 Managed Security Services Blueprint report can be accessed here[2] . More information about Accenture Security s Managed Security Services can be found here[3].

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions underpinned by the world s largest delivery network Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at[4].

Accenture Security helps organizations build resilience from the inside out, so they can confidently focus on innovation and growth. Leveraging its global network of cybersecurity labs, deep industry understanding across client value chains and services that span the security lifecycle, Accenture protects organizations valuable assets, end-to-end. With services that include strategy and risk management, cyber defense, digital identity, application security and managed security, Accenture enables businesses around the world to defend against known sophisticated threats, and the unknown. Follow us @AccentureSecure[5] on Twitter or visit us at[6].


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