Judge declares mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault case

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

This was the justice system, ' the judge explained. In such cases, a do-over would be welcome, says Banzhaf. "We will evaluate and review our case, we will take a hard look at everything involved and then we will retry it", District Attorney Kevin Steele said. They repeatedly asked a judge for a mistrial on Friday.

Just after 11 a.m. Thursday, jurors told O'Neill that they were at an impasse on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from Andrea Constand's claim that he drugged and molested her at his Cheltenham Township home in 2004.

Ms Constand, who was then 31, said he had offered her unidentified pills one night that left unable to stop his advances.

Cosby, who faces at least four separate civil lawsuits, refused to testify at the trial.

Following the news that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has ended in a mistrial, Andrea Constand, who accused the legendary comedian of assaulting her, has issued a statement via her lawyers.

In a 2005 disposition, Mr Cosby said he had given her the antihistamine Benedryl to relieve stress and went on to have consensual relations. "He thought he could bury us", said one, Linda Kirkpatrick.

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After the judge declared a mistrial Saturday, prosecutors immediately announced they would retry the case.

Constand "has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said.

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He praised the accuser and said she is "entitled to a verdict in this case".

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Jean Casarez, attorney Brian McMonagle said the jury's inability to reach a verdict made it clear the trial should end. There's a good chance you'll hear when it's finalized, too, given the enormous amount of attention the previous trial received.

But it was Cosby's 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.

Still, the outcome of the trial seems unlikely to quiet the critics who have plagued Cosby for almost three years, during which he was stripped of countless honors and shunned by studios and many former Hollywood friends.

At the time of the alleged assault, Constand was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees.

The prosecution spent five days painstakingly trying to build their case, calling Constand and her mother to the stand, as well as another woman who alleged that Cosby also drugged and assaulted her in Bel Air in 1996. "She's out and you're doing stuff to her?"

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.

Cosby's lawyers have argued that Constand was his lover before she fabricated the assault to try to get money from him.

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