Cosby team triumphant, but sex crime retrial, lawsuits loom

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 19, 2017

The prosecutor said that he hopes to settle the matter by pressing ahead with the same three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Her case was initially settled by a civil suit but re-opened in 2015, when Pennsylvania prosecutors claimed that new evidence had come to light.

She condemned the district attorney as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the judge as "overtly arrogant", lawyers for the accusers as "totally unethical" and "many" in the media as "blatantly vicious".

During the defense, Cosby's counsel Brian McMonagle called only one witness, the police detective who investigated the original case about what happened between the actor and Constand.

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani. The district attorney's office declined to comment.

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

Judge Steven O'Neill leaves the courtroom following his decision in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding.

Cosby was on the board of trustees of the university and he struck up a friendship with Constand, who went to his home to talk about her career.

Currently, seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the objective of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger. Judge Steven O'Neill advised jurors when the trial ended on Saturday outside Philadelphia, after a week of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations, that they need not discuss the case, even as the public debates whether age, race, gender or other issues separated them.

The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system". "The second time around, are they coming with an agenda? I feel bad for all of you, I really do".

It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit.

"The defamation case is this clever way of saying, If I say you raped me and you say it didn't happen, then you're defaming me by calling me a liar", he said.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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