Mistrial declared in Cosby case after jury deadlocks again

Taylor Byrd
June 18, 2017

Duquesne University law professor Wes Oliver said that if Cosby had been convicted, those allegations could have compelled Judge Steven O'Neill to sentence him closer to 10 years. "We are sprouting up, we are looking for reform, uncovering the rape culture in this country where victims are blamed and shamed".

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

In a statement issued jointly with her lawyers on Saturday, Constand thanked prosecutors and police who worked on her case.

The accuser in the case is Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who was a guest at Cosby's house in Cheltenham Township on an evening in January 2004.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, avoided a conviction on Father's Day weekend as a jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago.

She said the incident left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.

Linda Kirkpatrick, one of the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, told CNN shortly after the mistrial the entire ordeal had forced those accusing the star to relive a awful time in their lives. His attorneys have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations.

Botwin, who said she attended four days of the trial, returned to the courthouse on Saturday with her toddler son. The jury got the case Monday, and first declared itself deadlocked Thursday on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Many prosecutors still agree to try only the sexual assault and rape cases that they know they can win.

The "big problem" with the trial was the inability of several other accusers to testify, Allred said.

This story has been corrected to show that an associate of Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby's spokesman, read Camille Cosby's statement, not Wyatt himself. "I also want to thank these supporters who've been here and, please, to the supporters: Stay calm, do not argue with people, just keep up the great support".

Jewel Allison, yet another accuser, stated outside the courthouse, as church bells tolled, "I think God is watching all of us", NBC News reported. Only one was allowed to testify in the Constand case.

"Why did the [accusers] wait so long?" asked one woman, who held a manila folder with "We 3 Bill Cosby" scrawled in Sharpie. "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". She did not comment publicly. "We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come", she said. "In my experience, the courts tend to be far more liberal in allowing both sides to introduce a greater volume of evidence than the stricter rules in criminal cases". According to the Post, Constand remained in the courtroom to exchange hugs with six women who have also accused Cosby of sexual assault but were not a part of this trial.

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