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.
Massachusetts: Seven women are suing Cosby for defamation in separate lawsuits pending in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls.
Much has been said and written about the sex scandal that has torpedoed Bill Cosby’s legacy – so much so that it can be hard to recall how he reached the point of facing trial on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. And Steele on Sunday denied a media report that Cosby had ever been offered a plea deal.
Since Thursday morning, when the jurors told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill they were having trouble reaching agreement, they have spent almost 24 hours either discussing the case in a conference room or re-hearing trial testimony in the courtroom.
Cosby, 79, the comedian once known as “America’s Dad”, didn’t testify during the trial in Norristown, Pa.
A mistrial means Cosby was not found either guilty or not guilty.
Cosby’s longtime spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, made a statement of his own, declaring that “Mr. Cosby’s power is back”.
Steele said he and prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan “will evaluate and review” the case.
O’Neill indicated he would try to schedule a new trial within 120 days. According to the testimony, Cosby called himself a “sick man” but refused to identify the pills he gave to Constand. She gave an impassioned statement afterwards that was read on the steps of the courthouse by a family spokesman.
The actor is being accused of drugging and molesting a woman at his home outside Philadelphia in early 2004. Cosby’s lawyers have said he and Andrea Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.
District Attorney Kevin Steele spoke to reporters after the judge declared a mistrial Saturday. However, the trial only focused on allegations brought forth by Andrea Constand, former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team.
An eighth woman withdrew her lawsuit and a federal judge dismissed a ninth accuser’s case, finding her complaint inadequate. Goldie Taylor, editor-at-large with The Daily Beast, thanks so much.
Cosby’s defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand’s account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the encounter, which occurred almost a year earlier. Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney.
“As you can only imagine”, Allison said, “I’ve got a lot to praise God for”.
A future trial will likely have the same judge, so it’s not clear whether he will amend his ruling that only one prior act witness be allowed to testify.
In addition, one or more jurors, white as well as black, might feel that it would be very harmful to African Americans at this time in American history, and to the entire issue of racial harmony, to convict someone who, like O.J. Simpson, was a pioneer, hero, shining example, and role model for blacks. Serignese and Bowman attended the criminal trial near Philadelphia.