Cosby sexual assault case ends in mistrial
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 20:25
Cosby's team declared victory, however temporary.
She filed a police complaint in January 2005 after moving back home to the Toronto area and then sued Cosby in March of that year when the local prosecutor decided not to charge him. "It has been restored", said Andrew Wyatt, his spokesman.
Cosby's lawyers countered by pointing out inconsistencies in Constand's story, and noted she had taken the pills willingly.
"How do I describe the judge?" Camille Cosby decried an "overtly arrogant" judge, "totally unethical" D.A. and "blatantly vicious" media.
Cosby himself didn't comment.
O'Neill indicated he would try to schedule a new trial within 120 days.
"From the moment she revealed what had happened to her, Andrea sought to have this matter addressed in the criminal justice system", Troiani said. Goldie Taylor is editor-at-large at The Daily Beast, and she's been following the case.
In a statement, her lawyers thanked the prosecution for taking her case and said the trial had "given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced".
The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge Thursday they were at impasse. O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision.
Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle fired back that jurors might be under the assumption they have to deliberate until "the cows come home". It must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. Are you surprised by this deadlock today?
"We're talking about all the man's tomorrows", said McMonagle, urging acquittal of an icon in the twilight of life.
Among many things, the Philadelphia native and Temple alumnus is known for his pioneering role as a starring African-American cast member on the popular 1960s television series "I Spy" and for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jello-O pudding.
Cosby said in a radio interview before the trial he hoped to resume his performing career after the Constand case was resolved.
Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity status nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this terrible thing". The state also tried to fortify its case with testimony from Constand's mother and another Cosby accuser, former Hollywood agent assistant Kelly Johnson, who testified she was the victim of a similar assault by Cosby.
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.
After the decision Saturday, the only words from the Cosby family were from his wife, Camille, who blasted the prosecutors, the judge and the media in a statement read by a representative.
A decade later, another district attorney reopened the investigation after his lurid deposition became public, and dozens of women came forward against one of the most beloved stars in all of show business.
Cosby was eventually charged in December 2015, just days before the statute of limitations was set to expire.
When asked if Cosby had a message to share with his accusers, Wyatt bristled: "This is not about all the women, this was about Ms. Constand".
"The jury worked hard, and I have respect for everyone's opinion", Linda Kirkpatrick, a bakery owner from Costa Mesa, Calif., who alleged Cosby assaulted her in 1981, told the Los Angeles Times outside the courtroom Saturday afternoon.