DA Vows To "Get Justice" After Bill Cosby Mistrial
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 21:12
On the other hand, Bill Cosby's wife Camille condemned Montgomery District Attorney Kevin Steele as "heinously and exploitively ambitious" and Judge O'Neill as "overtly and arrogantly collaborating" with the DA.
Charges were filed in December 2015 after a number of women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, and testimony emerged in which Cosby said he got quaaludes (methaqualone) in the 1970s for women he wanted to have sex with. He and his lawyers insisted that his encounters with Constand were part of a consensual affair, not an assault.
A mistrial result means Cosby was not found either guilty or not guilty.
No one from Cosby's real or TV families was in court Saturday when the case ended in a mistrial.
Cosby said in that decade-old testimony that he had given Constand a non-prescription allergy medication, Benadryl, to relax her because she said she was stressed.
"It became a great concern of mine that these people had deliberated longer than the case has tried".
She said that she hoped prosecutors tried the case again and that the court permits more accusers as witnesses.
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Despite the many allegations, Cosby was on trial for the alleged assault of just one woman: Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball coach who accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting her at his home in 2004.
Seven women now have defamation suits pending against him in MA. Steele said he and prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan "will evaluate and review" the case.
She said the incident left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.
The Bill Cosby sexual assault trial was closely followed by the public, and by members of the legal profession.
After more than six days of deliberation in Norristown, Pennsylvania, jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision beyond a reasonable doubt.
Cosby, the actor and comedian known as "America's Dad", turns 80 next month facing just that ordeal.
Legal experts had always warned that the "he said, she said" nature of the case was going to be hard to prove in court, not least because it happened so long ago and lacked physical evidence.
Constand sat in the front row directly opposite to Cosby.
Lawyers for Constand released their own statement Saturday afternoon, thanking the district attorney's office and "the many police officers and detectives who worked on this case". She also criticized the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.
"I want other persons who believe that (they) are assault victims of anyone to report it and stay strong", Allred added.
At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and MA.