Judge declares mistrial in Cosby sexual-assault case

Following the news that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has ended in a mistrial, Andrea Constand, who accused the legendary comedian of assaulting her, has issued a statement via her lawyers.

"We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come", said Gloria Allred, an attorney who represents many of Cosby's accusers. Cosby's legal team has now seen the prosecution's whole case and can home in on inconsistencies the second time around, they say.

Cosby said in that decade-old testimony that he had given Constand a non-prescription allergy medication, Benadryl, to relax her because she said she was stressed. "You're not off the hook, buddy", she said outside the courtroom. According to the AP, her case will go to trial in June 2018.

Cosby's accuser described in court how he gave her pills then sexually assaulted her as she lay paralysed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop.

Cosby has said any sexual activity was consensual.

He said Constand "has shown such courage through this".

Troiani acknowledged the difficulty of the case, given the passage of time and the impact of the alleged drugging on Constand's ability to recall details.

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.

Cosby's team immediately went on the attack. "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", Camille Cosby said in the statement. And a federal judge dismissed a ninth accuser's case, finding her complaint inadequate.

District Attorney Kevin Steele spoke to reporters after the judge declared a mistrial Saturday. "Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney", said the statement.

Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's spokesperson, said that the trial's outcome had "restored" his client's legacy. Prosecutors rejected filing a case against Cosby based on Goins' allegations, which they said investigators could not corroborate. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding.

As the Associated Press reported, seven women are suing Cosby for defamation in MA, where he maintains a home: Tamara Green; Linda Traitz; Louisa Moritz; Joan Tarshis; Angela Leslie; Barbara Bowman and Therese Serignese, the latter two of whom attended the criminal trial.

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.

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial late last night (June 16).

By Thursday morning, after almost 30 hours of discussions spanning three days, the jurors told O'Neill they were at a stalemate. The judge had instructed the jury to keep deliberating after it reported Thursday it was deadlocked on the charges against the comedian.

If the panel can't break the deadlock, the judge could declare a hung jury and a mistrial. Totally unethical. How do I describe many, but not all, general media? I felt his hand inside my vagina, moving in and out. It must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. He said prosecutors would reevaluate the evidence and witnesses.

During breaks in the proceedings, Bill Cosby evidently appeared confident that his case would end in a mistrial.

In a recorded deposition, the TV star confessed to plying women with sedatives before having sex with them. The judge allowed only one other alleged victim testify against Cosby to help establish a pattern of behavior, even though prosecutors had hoped to include testimony from 13 other alleged victims. Steele said he and prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan "will evaluate and review" the case. Serignese and Bowman attended the criminal trial near Philadelphia. 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.



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