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Bill Cosby returns: New defense team unveiled for comedian's retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. _ The sequel is being recast.

Bill Cosby's new sexual assault trial will get a fresh set of defense characters when it begins in the coming months, with high-profile lawyer Thomas Mesereau officially joining the Cosby team at a hearing Tuesday.

The Southern California attorney successfully defended Michael Jackson in the pop star's 2005 child-molestation trial.

Mesereau replaces Brian McMonagle, the flashy Philadelphia defense lawyer who secured a mistrial for Cosby in June after a jury was unable to find consensus during nearly a week of deliberations. The move kicks off a new chapter in a legal tale that is becoming as long as

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