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Judge declares mistrial in Cosby case

Sveva Terracina | 18 Giugno, 2017, 03:46

Constand said after she took the pills she became foggy and unable to fend off Cosby's alleged sex assault after he led her to a sofa.

Cosby, who didn't testify, was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, a charge that carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. But prosecutors immediately said they would seek a second trial, which O'Neill suggested could start within four months. "Round two may be just around the corner and this time, justice may prevail".

According to the documents, lawyer Dolores Troiani asked Cosby: "When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", Camille wrote. "I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory". "I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence, which is the rightful way to make a sound decision", Camille said in her statement. "But why keep costing these citizens millions of dollars?"

District Attorney Kevin Steele holds a news conference after a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

"There was no pause or hesitation about that, and we're moving forward", he told reporters. Under Pennsylvania's speedy trial law, the new trial should be set within 365 days, and Steele has promised to move as fast as possible. "If you do, you're saying if someone is wealthy or famous, they don't deserve the same sort of justice as everybody else".

Cosby has also been accused by at least 59 other women of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them. Even acquittal, I suspect, would not have surprised many of those present at the trial. Constand's case was the exception. But it was his reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him.

Prosecutors argued Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Constand. Constand says the star drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia. "Bill Cosby's trial is about much more than Bill Cosby". "Mr. Cosby's power is back", announced his spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, triumphantly, outside the courtroom.


May 22, 2017: Jury selection in the case begins. A judge agreed, unsealed them, and the documents provided pieces of a damning depositions of Cosby. "If the case is retried, know that I will once again put them to the test".

"They came here and deliberated long and hard over days, 52 hours of deliberations". On the advice of her son-in-law, a police officer, Gianna Constand bought a recording device, and taped her next call with Cosby, which was played for jurors. He was the star of the wildly popular The Cosby Show and a successful stand-up comic.

As NPR's Gene Demby has written, Cosby was a black luminary who served not just as a racial and cultural ambassador to white America, but also as a financial backer of black America.

In Philadelphia, where he grew up, Cosby was a hometown hero. "No longer is a person embarrassed because they're pregnant without a husband.

Totally unethical", said Camille Cosby. Then Constand's allegations drew attention in 2005.

The portion of her mother's testimony where she talks about a 2.5-hour phone conversation with Cosby, about a year after the alleged assault.

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

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