Mistrial Declared In Bill Cosby's Criminal Trial

Posted June 18, 2017

Bill Cosby gestures as he leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser is thanking prosecutors for taking her case after a jury failed to agree on a verdict. "Those of us who came forward to speak our collective truth about what he did to us owe a debt of gratitude to Andrea Constand for her leadership and courage in demanding justice".

"He is facing justice", Allison said.

As with all of the allegations against him, Cosby has issued denials through his lawyers and remained largely silent himself.

Steele instead emphasized his intention to pursue a retrial for the case and said Andrea Constand "indicated" she would be willing to return to the stand to testify. Camille Cosby's full statement read, " How do I describe the district attorney? They must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. Cosby was facing up to 10 years for each of the counts against him.

Linda Kirkpatrick, another accuser, said that Cosby underestimated the dozens of women who have spoken out against him. The jurors did not mention anything about the deadlock again until Saturday when they announced they were "hopelessly deadlocked" and that the deadlock could not be resolved by additional deliberations. He is to appear May 24 in a Pennsylvania courthouse to face charges over the 2004 encounter with Constand.

A recap of what happened Saturday in the Bill Cosby sex assault case, which ended in a mistrial. But as Cosby exited the courtroom, spokesman Andrew Wyatt sent a powerful message to the gathered media.

Prosecutors in the case have since confirmed they will retry Cosby on the same counts. "I AM A THRIVER!" she said in a statement.

Instead she put across a venomous attack on Steele's credibility, as well as that of Judge Steven O'Neill and the media. Cosby's attorneys called a single witness: the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations that the comedian drugged and violated Constand at his Montgomery County, Pennsylvania home.

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

In the Smerconish interview before the trial, Cosby said he would have to deal with negative public opinion no matter the verdict. The judge then declared a mistrial.

Dickinson and her attorney Lisa Bloom sued Cosby for defamation in May 2015, saying Singer's comments hurt her professionally and personally.

Cosby has said any sexual activity was consensual. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, but the trial has focused on Constand's and another anonymous complainant's testimonies. Do you find it odd that only one woman has brought criminal charges against him instead of seeking a monetary resolution? In that case, prosecutors would have the option of seeking to retry Cosby before a new jury.

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.

"They came here and deliberated long and hard over days, 52 hours of deliberations".

I also looked at Cosby and saw a man who in some ways is still one lucky guy - still supported by his wife of 54 years, Camille, and to a remarkable extent, spared the national avalanche of attention that his trial would normally have attracted by all the high drama surrounding the self-proclaimed p_-grabber in the White House.