Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

20 June, 2017, 12:47 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Cosby jury deliberations, now longer than trial, stretch into Saturday

Bill Cosby and his team declared victory after jurors in his sexual assault trial deadlocked and a judge declared a mistrial.

Levenson believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go.

Much has been said and written about the sex scandal that has torpedoed Bill Cosby's legacy - so much so that it can be hard to recall how he reached the point of facing trial on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.

Despite the zeal of prosecutor Kevin Steele, Cosby was reportedly convinced the proceedings would either end in his acquittal or a mistrial.

Finally, Steele said, "We hope that moving forward in this case sends a strong message that victims of these types of crimes can come forward and can be heard on what has happened to them".

A lawyer on the case recalled her startling account of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but his notes revealed a glaring discrepancy in the account.

There are many other variables to consider for the next trial - like what people already know about the case and whether Constand will elaborate on any new details, even whether new witnesses are called.

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.

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

The entertainer walked out of court a free man on Saturday, not because he was cleared of sexual assault charges, but because a jury decided that it could not reach a verdict on charges.

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

An eighth woman withdrew her lawsuit and a federal judge dismissed a ninth accuser's case, finding her complaint inadequate.

However, prosecutors said they would retry Cosby and he still faces a slew of civil lawsuits. "And for all those attorneys who conspired like Gloria Allred, tell them to go back to law school and take another class". "It has been restored". "W ho they think someone is does not trump my experience", Kirkpatrick said.

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.

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

Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they were at impasse.

Two women jurors looked anguished when they announced the final deadlock, wiping away tears. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? "I feel bad for all of you, I really do". "T he prosecution needed 12 for a verdict - the defense only needed one for a mistrial".

The jurors did not speak with reporters, but their inability to reach a verdict, after more than 100 hours of testimony and deliberations in this suburban Philadelphia courtroom, brought home how divided opinions are about Cosby - and about a lot more.

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