Sabato, 21 Ottobre, 2017

Cosby prosecutor undeterred by mistrial, vows to try again

Matt Rourke Matt Rourke
Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 06:29

A jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before declaring itself hopelessly deadlocked.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault - penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant without the subject's knowledge.

'WE'RE GOING TO RETRY THE CASE' "We're going to retry the case", said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. To her, the mistrial underscored how hard it is for rape victims to get justice in the court system; she was disappointed that the defense lawyers made their case by attacking Constand's credibility.

Cosby's team declared victory and went on the attack. At the time, Constand worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

"It's simply inappropriate at this time", O'Neill said.

Seven women are suing Cosby for defamation in separate lawsuits pending in MA, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls.

The mistrial was a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby, including several who attended the trial wearing buttons that read "We Stand in Truth". She also testified that it's not unusual for assault victims to maintain contact with their attackers, an insight that seemed to directly rebut defense suggestions that more than 50 phone calls Constand, now 44, made to Cosby after the alleged assault were proof that she was lying about the alleged attack.


Camille, the entertainer's wife of 53 years, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after the trial.

But a lawyer representing many of his accusers, Gloria Allred, said she was hoping the prosecution would push for a retrial. How do I describe the judge?

Lena Dunham was completely disgusted by Bill Cosby's mistrial this week. "It has been restored".

Cosby broke barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy", in the 1960s and created the top-ranked "Cosby Show" two decades later, starring as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O desserts.

But Constand's allegations were the only criminal case brought against him as most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute.

Cosby's depositions in that case, however, were unsealed by a federal judge in 2015, revealing his admissions that he had given sedatives to young women in the 1970s. Jury selection continues for the sexual assault trial of disgraced USA megastar Bill Cosby, accused of plying a woman with pills and wine before assaulting her in 2004. "I t isn't about Bill Cosby for me", she said.

They asked a series of questions throughout the day, but on Saturday, shortly after they were to resume deliberations, it became clear that there would be no verdict. Judge Steven O'Neill could revisit the issue as early as Monday.

The jurors also listened to the definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutors must cross to win a conviction, and reviewed testimony from Constand and her mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (nearly 500 km) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

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