Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Cosby prosecutor undeterred by mistrial, vows to try again

Beneath Cosby circus alleged victims say deeper truth is lifelong scars Cosby prosecutor undeterred by mistrial, vows to try again
Freda Brock | 19 June, 2017, 14:52

On the sixth day of deliberations, Judge Steven O'Neill declared that the jury of seven men and five woman were deadlocked in a legal battle closely watched by the public as well as dozens of women who have accused Cosby of similar misconduct in the past.

Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee in 2004 at his home near Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, the judge has assured that he would try to schedule a new trial within 120 days.

Celebrities are reacting to the news of Bill Cosby's sexual assault mistrial.

Kristina Ruehli said she "was particularly nauseated" with a statement Saturday from Cosby's wife, Camille, criticizing prosecutors, the judge and media. A judge declared a mistrial Saturday.

Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Cosby, who has been described as legally blind, has been supported by longtime friends and a few actors, including Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played Cosby's TV daughter, Rudy, on "The Cosby Show", which remained popular as the show continued to be shown as reruns long after the TV series ended in 1992. The judge had instructed the jury to keep deliberating after it reported Thursday it was deadlocked on the charges against the comedian. The jurors' decision not to ask to rehear the experts' testimony could be an indication that they accepted their opinions at face value or, conversely, that they were unimpressed. Are you surprised by this deadlock today? Cosby's attorneys called a single witness: the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations that the comedian drugged and violated Constand at his Montgomery County, Pennsylvania home.

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According to prosecutors, Andrea Constand deserves a verdict in the Bill Cosby sex assault case. But Camille Cosby's criticism of him was puzzling because he issued an all-important pretrial ruling that seemed to help the defence and dealt a crushing blow to prosecutors.

Several of the women have continuing cases in which they have sued Cosby for slander after his representatives suggested that their accounts were fabrications.

"It's simply inappropriate at this time", O'Neill said. "Cosby's fame could have worked for or against him", said Gomez, depending on if jurors felt deceived or enamored.

"Bill Cosby has already been exposed as a predator who hid behind his jovial mask for more than 50 years and no jury verdict will ever change that", she said. The incidents made her uncomfortable, but she continued to trust him because of who he was, the affidavit said.

Cosby's lawyer says he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. But her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said "she's a very spiritual person".

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this terrible thing". Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Johnson and many other accusers, said she hoped more can testify at the next trial. In that case, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

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