Mistrial declared in Cosby case after jury deadlocks again

Laura Christensen
June 18, 2017

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents both Allison and Kirkpatrick, warned the Cosby camp his accusers were far from finished.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said his office would retry the case.

Cosby's defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand's account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the alleged incident almost a year later. The case was settled in March 2006 after months of depositions that would come back to haunt Cosby.

While Simpson was acquitted in the 1995 criminal case, a jury in the civil case ordered him to pay $25 million in punitive damages to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman, who were together when they were killed.

At the time director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees, she said the assault left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.

Prosecutors have vowed to try Bill Cosby again, declaring the woman who accuses the comedian of drugging and molesting her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004 is "entitled to a verdict". He said he told her to tell the truth because "the truth is easy".

Looking at Cosby, who thankfully did not teach me how to smile or how to love, I saw not good old Cliff Huxtable from "The Cosby Show", but a man accused by dozens of women across the decades.

Count 2 alleges she was unconscious or semi-conscious at the time and could not give consent. The jury got the case Monday, and first declared itself deadlocked Thursday on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Prosecutors said Saturday they will seek a new trial.

As news reporters streamed out of the room, several other Cosby accusers, some in tears, waited in line to hug Constand, who smiled broadly and maintained her composure. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Only one was allowed to testify in the Constand case.

In the Smerconish interview before the trial, Cosby said he would have to deal with negative public opinion no matter the verdict. Others, barred from doing so because their claims were too old, have brought defamation claims against him, saying he smeared their reputations by publicly denying their accusations.

After the mistrial was declared, Cosby and his legal team gathered outside the courtroom.

"The defamation case is this clever way of saying, If I say you raped me and you say it didn't happen, then you're defaming me by calling me a liar", he said. "And we will push forward".

"I don't know what to think after being the subject [himself] of opportunistic lawyers, you know, exploitation". "We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come", she said.

"If the court allows more accusers to testify ... it might make a difference".

She went on to say that Cosby led her to a couch where she was incapacitated as the star groped her breasts and began to sexually assault her. Constand in a statement to the jury made of seven men and five women said, "I was frozen".

"Rehearing testimony in this case is revictimization for everyone that's been the victim of sexual assault and rape".

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