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Cosby judge expects trial to last 2 weeks; jury sequestered

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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The judge in Bill Cosby's criminal case in Pennsylvania expects the sexual assault trial to last at least two weeks.

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The jurors will come from the Pittsburgh area and be sequestered throughout the trial nearly 300 miles away in suburban Philadelphia.

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Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill said at a hearing Monday that he hopes to pick jurors in late May. He says their names will not be made public.

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The trial is set to begin June 5.

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The 79-year-old Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee at his home in 2004.

Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby arrives for a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The defense wants the jury pool prescreened through a written questionnaire on their background, media habits and feelings about Cosby.

But O'Neill prefers they get the standard 16-question form followed by individual questioning in court.

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