Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Bill Cosby's trial declared a mistrial

Bill Cosby's trial declared a mistrial

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial finished for the night Friday, still at an impasse, and Cosby spoke outside the courthouse, thanking the jurors and saying "Happy Father's Day".

Currently, seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California.

Much has been said and written about the sex scandal that has torpedoed Bill Cosby's legacy - so much so that it can be hard to recall how he reached the point of facing trial on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. Cosby has denied all of the charges, and has only been criminally charged in the Constand case.

Cosby did not testify but his version of the encounter was shown to jurors in the form of a police interview he did in 2005, as well as sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 during Constand's civil lawsuit.

Approximately 60 accusations of sexual assault have been made against Cosby over a number of years, but only Constand's resulted in criminal charges because the other alleged incidents were too old to prosecute.

After a week of deliberations, the jury in the Bill Cosby trial declared it was hopelessly deadlocked and a mistrial was declared on Saturday. Neither the judge nor attorneys said they were aware of how the jury split on Cosby's guilt or innocence. 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.

O'Neill and Cosby's lead lawyer, Brian McMonagle, clashed on Friday, with the defense attorney complaining that the jury was essentially getting a replay of the entire trial. Mr Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case.

When asked if Cosby had a message to share with his accusers, Wyatt bristled: "This is not about all the women, this was about Ms. Constand".

Television producer Andy Lassner tweeted: "To all the women who say Bill Cosby drugged, raped or assaulted you: I BELIEVE YOU".

Constand said the trial had "given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced".

Andrew Wyatt, the star's loyal spokesman who escorted the legally-blind defendant in and out of court, would introduce them.

She condemned the district attorney as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the judge as "overtly arrogant", lawyers for the accusers as "totally unethical" and "many" in the media as "blatantly vicious".

Constand met Cosby at Temple when she worked there as director of operations for the university's women's basketball team.

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 encounter, which occurred almost a year earlier. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger. "I see you. I love you".

An eighth woman withdrew her lawsuit and a federal judge dismissed a ninth accuser's case, finding her complaint inadequate.

"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal is.it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court", said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

They deliberated for 52 hours over six days. " "Probably" does not win criminal trials".

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