Cosby Accuser Andrea Constand Thanks Supporters for 'Love & Kindness'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 13:33
Although prosecutors were disappointed that the jury was not able to come to a unanimous verdict they said they appreciated the sacrifices the jurors made.
The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse. Including testimony from two women who accused the comedian of almost identical instances of drugging and sexual assault that allegedly happened years apart and on opposite sides of the nation. He found the taped phone call played in court between Cosby and Constand's mother, in which Cosby described the sexual encounter with her daughter, particularly disturbing.
Steele said Constand "has shown such courage through this" and is prepared to move forward with a retrial. I wanted to get up and clap for this lady.
McCloskey said he had hoped for answers on the bus ride hope.
Troiani acknowledged the difficulty of the case, given the passage of time and the impact of the alleged drugging on Constand's ability to recall details.
Steele says Cosby will be retried. Cosby's criminal defense lawyer, Brian McMonagle, however, is confident in his client's chances of beating the charges. In the case of a mistrial, he said attorneys are likely interested in numerous same questions as journalists. Cosby claims their contact was consensual and that the pills he gave her were ordinary Benadryl, though he has admitted on-record that he gave women quaaludes for sex in the 1970s. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a.
But O'Neill gave them a special instruction required by law and sent them back to deliberate to see if they could settle their differences and reach a verdict.
Asked what he would say to people who have heard about other accusers against Cosby, McMonagle said: "None of these accusations have ever been vetted".
Levenson believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go. If he had been convicted, Cosby would have faced up to 10 years in prison on each charge, and likely would have spent the rest of his life in prison.
Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity 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 disgusting thing".
"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.