Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry him in sex case

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 19, 2017

Prosecutors have already confirmed they will retry The Cosby Show star, who sat motionless as the jury returned to the courtroom in Pennsylvania on Saturday, and appeared to frown as Judge O'Neill declared a mistrial in the case. Defense attorneys had pushed to select a jury from another county because of intense pretrial publicity in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where District Attorney Kevin Steele, during his 2015 election campaign, had been critical of one of his predecessors for not prosecuting Cosby.

He remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but his spokesman Andrew Wyatt declared the star's "power is back".

Prosecutors might ask the judge to reconsider his ruling that allowed just one of Cosby's 60 other accusers to testify. At the time, Constand worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

As one of the jurors in the first trial said during jury selection in this case so bereft of physical evidence, the saga boils down to a matter of "he said, she said".

"During some of the most painfully, aggravating parts of our trial, particularly jury deliberations it was he who was keeping us going", he said.

For the last two weeks, the plaza outside the courthouse in this economically challenged county seat has been the staging area for media organizations from around the nation and Canada, and more than 100 journalists have been covering the trial and scores of members of the public, including some of the women who have accused Cosby of assaulting them, have attended.

'How do I describe the district attorney?

Camille, the entertainer's wife of 53 years, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after the trial. 'How do I describe the judge? "Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney", she said in her statement, which was tweeted by her husband and read by an associate of the public relations firm representing Cosby.

Seven women now have defamation suits pending against him in MA.

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Constand said the trial had "given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced". She looked calm as some of the other women wept, and her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, spoke for her, saying they were looking forward to the retrial.

Cosby's civil lawyers still are fighting lawsuits against him by 10 women around the country.

Cosby's lawyers have denied the charges. Jury selection continues for the sexual assault trial of disgraced United States megastar Bill Cosby, accused of plying a woman with pills and wine before assaulting her in 2004.

She testified that Cosby acted as a mentor before offering her unidentified pills one night that left her unable to stop his advances.

The alleged assault that sparked the charges took place in early 2004 after Cosby invited Constand to his home in Elkins Park, just outside Philadelphia, to discuss her career plans.

"This is neither a vindication or a victory", said O'Neill, who praised the jurors for their service and asked them not to discuss their deliberations.

Steele of Montgomery County immediately vowed to put Cosby on trial again.

The trial drew intense media attention, with more than 100 credentials issued for print, online, television and radio reporters.

"It became a great concern of mine that these people had deliberated longer than the case has tried". In 2005, prosecutors declined to charge Cosby based on Constand's account, and she filed a lawsuit that Cosby settled for an undisclosed sum.

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