Cosby accuser thanks prosecutors after mistrial
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 23:54
The seven-man, five-woman panel had spent around 53 hours deliberating in Norristown, Pennsylvania, longer than the amount of time dedicated at the trial to testimony and legal arguments.
If they can't break the deadlock, O'Neill could declare a hung jury and a mistrial.
Cosby initially settled with Constand in 2005 when she first reported the sex assault to police and filed a civil lawsuit after then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor ruled against prosecuting the case. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, but there is no minimum, according to ABC News. He did not take the stand in his own defense, leaving it to his attorney to argue Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.
McMonagle turned towards Cosby and said, "When you dance outside your marriage. and you danced".
"You ingratiated yourself into this woman's life", Steele continued, talking directly to Cosby in regard to the alleged sexual assault. She said she wanted it to stop but couldn't fight it.
While Agrusa spoke, Cosby stood silently behind her, his head occasionally tilting back, looking toward the sky.
Bill Cosby's lawyer has repeatedly demanded a mistrial as the talks wore on without a verdict, but the judge said there was no precedent to send the jury home. Overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney."The mistrial was a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby".
The initial sign of a divide among them came Thursday morning, when they sent a note saying they were deadlocked for the first time. She said that Mr. Cosby gave her pills that he said were herbal, but that left her immobile and drifting in and out of consciousness.
He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began. "This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said of one call that lasted 49 minutes.
Steele also reminded jurors about a telephone conversation in which Cosby apologized to Constand's mother and described himself as a "sick man".
"Your honor, we will retry this case", the district attorney told the court.
Prosecutors said even though the case ended without a verdict, it has been "important for sexual assault victims everywhere". But it would take a series of broad shifts - in the public's perception of Cosby and his many accusers, and in the makeup of the prosecutor's office - before he was charged with a crime, more than 11 years later.
His depositions in that case, however, were unsealed by a federal judge in 2015, revealing his admissions that he had given sedatives to young women in the 1970s and prompting prosecutors to reopen the case.