Sexual assault case against Bill Cosby ends in mistrial

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

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.

On the opposite side of drama from Camille Cosby, more than half a dozen women who have publicly asserted that they were sexually assaulted by the comedian appeared in court as spectators during the trial to support Constand.

In their sixth day of deliberations, jurors sent word to Judge Steven T. O'Neill that they could not reach a unanimous verdict on the charges that, in 2004, Cosby had drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home.

Earlier this morning, the judge presiding over the Bill Cosby case declared a mistrial.

Cosby had previously admitted to having an affair, McMonagle said, but that was not what he had been on trial for.

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have vowed to try him a second time.

Referring to the comedian, Masten said she "will not degrade myself to ever" utter his name again. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case".

His team declared victory this weekend, if only temporarily.

Mr Cosby is being sued in Los Angeles by Judy Huth, who accuses him of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15.

Cosby faces another defamation lawsuit from Dickinson, along with a sexual harassment claim from Judy Huth, who alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1974, when she was 15. "She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court".

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His deposition was unsealed in 2015, prompting prosecutors to reopen the criminal case. Lawyer Brian McMonagle also anxious that some jurors might compromise "their views and their values" for the sake of reaching a unanimous decision.

Cosby's team immediately went on the attack. "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", she wrote in a statement posted on Bill Cosby's Facebook page.

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

Lawyers for Cosby, 79, have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations.

Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle fired back that jurors might be under the assumption they have to deliberate until "the cows come home". "It has been restored".

He co-starred in the 1960s espionage show "I Spy", the first black performer to star in a weekly American TV dramatic series.

Paul Callan, who represented the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson in a civil case against her ex-husband, former football star O.J. Simpson, after he was found not guilty of her murder, said courts are much stricter in excluding evidence in criminal cases because a conviction could lead to incarceration. According to the testimony, Cosby called himself a "sick man" but refused to identify the pills he gave to Constand. They must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. On Saturday, they came back and told O'Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked. 'How do I describe the judge?

"If you are still deadlocked, you should report that to me".

"One of the greatest storytellers in the world and I'm failing", Cosby said when asked to repeat an answer in the deposition.

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