Sexual assault case against Bill Cosby ends in mistrial

Alvin Kelly
June 19, 2017

Ms Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, said the scheduling of a second deposition was on hold because of the criminal trial.

Villanova University law school Professor Emeritus Anne Poulin says the mistrial tells us that some of the jurors were convinced beyond a reasonable doubt of Cosby's guilt. And a federal judge dismissed a ninth accuser's case, finding her complaint inadequate.

His team declared victory this weekend, if only temporarily.

In the retrial, District Attorney Kevin Steele could ask the judge to let more of Cosby's 60 accusers testify or disclose to jurors that Constand is gay.

Constand testified that the assault had occurred as she visited the home of Bill Cosby, who was a Temple trustee, when she was 30 and he was 66.

Ultimately, she said, "The jury wants information that supports their position".

But she did tweet out a graphic at 12:15 a.m. Sunday that read, "It doesn't matter if a cave has been in darkness for 10,000 years or half an hour, once you light a match it is illuminated".

Troiani also commended "those prosecutors who raised awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the [effect] the drug has on the victim's memory and ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury".

Prosecutors plan to retry the comedian on sexual assault charges. "Once people say they are deadlocked, then what really becomes the reason for further deliberations?"

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"Try him again. Heart goes out to women who came forward". Cosby pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Massachusetts: Seven women are suing Cosby for defamation in separate lawsuits pending in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls. Even though the machinations of a retrial would be handled by attorneys, the ultimate decision of the next panel of jurors will be, once again, heavily dependent on their assessment of Constand and Cosby.

Celebrities including Lena Dunham, RuPaul, and Kristen Schaal have expressed outrage and aggravation after a judge declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case against stand-up comedian Bill Cosby. Lawyer Brian McMonagle also anxious that some jurors might compromise "their views and their values" for the sake of reaching a unanimous decision. 'How do I describe the judge?

Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters that the trial's outcome had "restored" his client's legacy.

He co-starred in the 1960s espionage show "I Spy", the first black performer to star in a weekly American TV dramatic series. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding. "In other words, it's too early to celebrate Mr. Cosby". A trial date may be set later this month for the sexual battery case. It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came. She accused Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who oversaw the case, of "arrogantly" siding with the prosecution.

"Do you agree there is a hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved by further deliberations?" he asked each juror. "I said to this jury "listen, we don't run from the fact that this is a man who by his own admission danced outside his marriage". Steele said he and prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan "will evaluate and review" the case.

In recent years, Cosby admitted to decades of philandering and to giving Quaaludes to women to induce them to have sex.

Bruce Castor, the ex-prosecutor who passed on Constand's case in 2005, said Saturday that he was disappointed but not surprised in Steele's failure to win a conviction.

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