Judge Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sexual Assault Case

Judge Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sexual Assault Case

AFP | A USA judge declared a mistrial Saturday in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case with the jury deadlocked on whether the disgraced star drugged and molested a woman in 2004, as prosecutors vowed to seek a retrial. She said that she hoped prosecutors tried the case again and that the court permits more accusers as witnesses. Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

Camille Cosby made no reference to her husband's admitted philandering or giving quaaludes to women.

She said the incident left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor. She said she began to feel woozy and her vision blurred. The case was the only one to result in a criminal trial, largely because the other accusations are now too old to prosecute.

Cosby does not deny the encounter, admitting in a deposition that he gave Constand the pills, however, the Defence says that Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney.

It isn't only that it can take a long time for victims to come forward and report an attack, but that to some extent, public attitudes on rape and assault have shifted in recent years.

"Mr. Cosby's power is back - it's back". She did not comment publicly.

Last year, California scrapped its statute of limitations on sex crimes altogether, and Nevada and Colorado extended theirs to 20 years.

She tweeted, "Bill Cosby's trial is about much more than Bill Cosby".

NBC and Netflix ditched projects involving him while TV Land removed reruns of "The Cosby Show" from its programming schedule. They also asserted that Cosby and Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball staffer, were involved in a prolonged affair, even though there was no evidence to back up that claim.

The attempts to discredit accusers eventually led to lawsuits and countersuits from Cosby.

Six other women - Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie - have joined that suit.

Bill Cosby countersued them in December 2015, saying they defamed him.

Gloria Allred, an attorney representing more than 30 Cosby accusers, welcomed the prosecutors' decision to seek a retrial. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele told reporters at a press conference: "It's really a do-over".

Cosby's trial started June 5 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

"We're talking about all the man's tomorrows", said McMonagle, urging acquittal of an icon in the twilight of life. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors.

Each of the three counts carries a standard sentence range of five to 10 years in prison.

Steadfast Cosby supporters can point to juror division as evidence of a prosecution case that was far from open-and-shut.

When the panel announced for a second time that they were deadlocked on Saturday morning, leading the judge to declare a mistrial, Allison dabbed tears from her eyes.



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