Mistrial declared in Cosby case as jury deadlocks again
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 22:39
However, prosecutors said they would retry Cosby and he still faces a slew of civil lawsuits. His wife, Camille Cosby, issued a strongly worded statement that condemned the district attorney for bringing the case and criticized the media, which she said had "continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths". It's expected that both sides will be looking for jurors who are unbiased and, no matter what they know of the case or Cosby, that they'll be able to judge based on the evidence presented in the courtroom.
The case has helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy image, cultivated during his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and '90s. Three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California.
Steele of Montgomery County immediately vowed to put Cosby on trial again. Six more women eventually joined: Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.
He remains free on bail, the DA's office said.
But only after a man, comedian Hannibal Buress, called Cosby a rapist in a stand-up act in October 2014 did "public outcry begin in earnest", Bowman wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, repeating allegations that Cosby drugged and raped her. "This was about Andrea Constand and inconsistencies in her story". While the auspices of this group remained murky - members wouldn't answer who had sent them or whether they were paid - they nonetheless spoke for a population that has alleged Cosby was more a victim than perpetrator. He says it was consensual.
There are many other variables to consider for the next trial - like what people already know about the case and whether Constand will elaborate on any new details, even whether new witnesses are called.
Prosecutors say they plan to try Cosby again. How do I describe the judge?
In a February 17, 2005, news release, former District Attorney Bruce Castor Jr. said no criminal charges were forthcoming but he would "reconsider" the decision "should the need arise", according to the affidavit. She described the prosecutor as "heinously and exploitively ambitious".
When the trial started June 5, the jury of seven men and five women were bussed in from Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and have since been sequestered in a hotel.
In a country where sexual attacks still go underreported, they argue, Bill Cosby epitomizes exactly what needs to be done away with - the idea that privilege can shield predators.
Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred, who represents numerous Cosby accusers, said the entertainer's fame carried its own power.
For those convinced of his guilt in Constand's case, that's not likely to feel like justice. Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney. She also asked for privacy for her and her family.
The jury deliberated more than 52 hours on charges that Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia area home in 2004.
The trial against Bill Cosby ended Saturday, when a deadlocked jury was unable to reach a verdict on three counts of aggravated indecent assault after several days of deliberations.
Two have brought claims against the 79-year-old entertainer for sexual assault. Later in January 2004, Cosby allegedly assaulted her.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Constand, who was then an employee of Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, claims the comic gave her drugs that incapacitated her to the degree that she could not stop him from assaulting her.