Cosby prosecutor undeterred by mistrial, vows to try again

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Июня 19, 2017

The mistrial will be seen as a blow to the dozens of women who have accused Mr Cosby of sexual assault, a number of whom were present in court last week awaiting the verdict.

No one from Cosby's real or TV families was in court Saturday when the case ended in a mistrial.

After the verdict, Cosby by sat alone - off to the side and all but overlooked - clutching his cane to his chest and staring silently into the distance.

Steele says his office stands "in awe" of accuser Andrea Constand and believes she deserves a verdict. "Blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truth for the primary objective of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life", she said. Her client in that case has accused Cosby of raping her at the Playboy mansion when she was just 15 years old.

When the trial started June 5, the jury of seven men and five women were bussed in from Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and have since been sequestered in a hotel.

Constand, now 44, told jurors Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. At the time, Constand worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University. "She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court".

There are many other variables to consider for the next trial - like what people already know about the case and whether Constand will elaborate on any new details, even whether new witnesses are called.

The jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against the comedian, ending the trial without a verdict after a long week of deliberations. With Cosby standing quietly by his side, he told them in no uncertain terms that they should "go back to law school". Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the scheduling of a second deposition was on hold because of the criminal trial.

The star's loyal spokesman Andrew Wyatt (left, celebrating the mistrial) announced visitors to the room where he was sent during breaks as though it was his dressing room. "It has been restored".

The statement also sharply criticised the judge and prosecutors for pursuing the case.

He co-starred in the 1960s espionage show "I Spy", the first black performer to star in a weekly American TV dramatic series.

Lawyers are hoping that the judge might reconsider when District Attorney Kevin R. Steele brings the case to trial again - giving other accusers a chance to add their testimony against Cosby.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the goal of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with. Judge Steven O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision. "It was hard for me, and I have no idea how he managed to sit in a room and endure while strangers were deciding his destiny and his fate".

He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody".

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.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

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