Bill Cosby faces 2nd trial in sexual assault case
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 23:10
Yet the judge had his limits, putting his foot down Friday when jurors asked to hear a sliver of testimony they'd just had read back to them. The judge instructed them to keep working, but despite marathon 12-hour sessions, the jury said on Saturday it was at an impasse.
"As I said before, about the carrying-ons, I said "listen, we don't run from the fact that this is a man who danced outside his marriage".
Prosecutors had sought to have 13 other accusers testify in Constand's case, but the judge allowed only one, finding that more would unfairly prejudice the jury.
Read Camille Cosby's full statement about her husband's mistrial below.
Bill Cosby's latest mistrial in the sexual assault case against him is the subject of outrage for the 31-year-old actress, writer and activist.
After all, jurors may conclude that the crime, while obviously serious, is far less serious than rape, armed robbery, selling drugs, etc.; that Bill Cosby, because of his age and infirmities, as well as the notoriety of his modus operandi, no longer presents any real danger to women; or that convicting an African American icon would further exacerbate racial tensions at a crucial time.
Despite the zeal of prosecutor Kevin Steele, Cosby was reportedly convinced the proceedings would either end in his acquittal or a mistrial.
The deadlocked jury deliberated for 52 hours over six days before giving up.
Dozens of women have come forward to say he drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges. I understand this morning that they are going to retry this case. She said she found Cosby at the bottom of the stairs; he gave her a muffin before opening the door and letting her out.
As if to demonstrate just how firmly the battle lines have been drawn in this case, Cosby's camp gave no sign that they would give in to speculation over his past relationships with women.
But a lawyer representing many of his accusers, Gloria Allred, said she was hoping the prosecution would push for a retrial. He said the encounter occurred in 1990, while Johnson insists it was 1996.
Steele says his office stands "in awe" of accuser Andrea Constand and believes she deserves a verdict.
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.
But it was his reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him.
Cosby previously said under oath that he got several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s to give to drug women before having sex with them. He claimed the pills were Benadryl, an allergy medication.
Her case was initially settled by a civil suit but re-opened in 2015, when Pennsylvania prosecutors claimed that new evidence had come to light. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire.
Cosby was accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
Constand met Cosby at Temple when she worked there as director of operations for the university's women's basketball team.
"This isn't talking to a trustee".
But in very high-profile cases, public outcry over a mistrial can make it extremely hard to find an impartial panel for a retrial, experts say.