Cosby accuser thanks prosecutors after mistrial

Cosby accuser thanks prosecutors after mistrial

Cosby accuser thanks prosecutors after mistrial

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

The case that ended Saturday in a mistrial involved Andrea Constand, the first person to publicly accuse Cosby of sexual assault.

The jury was comprised of five women and seven men. "Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney". On Saturday, they came back and told O'Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked. When it comes down to a "he said-she said" situation, as this case was in the end, then witness testimony from the prosecution simply wasn't enough to convict.

Only one other accuser, Kelly Johnson, was allowed to testify as prosecutors sought to establish that Cosby had demonstrated a pattern of assault.

Cosby has denied all of the women's claims, saying that any sexual encounters were consensual. Still, several other accusers attended the trial. Given the manner in which she was dismissed by the previous district attorney, she had no option but to file a civil suit. Steele said he's disappointed the jury was unable to agree on the charges, but vowed to put Cosby on trial again. "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", she said in a written statement. She also attacked the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media.

"I have no authority to do this", Judge Steven O'Neill said in the 52nd hour of deliberations on Friday night. She said she found Cosby at the bottom of the stairs; he gave her a muffin before opening the door and letting her out. "It has been restored".

Cindra Ladd, in a statement issued through her spokesman, said she takes "comfort knowing that Bill Cosby's life is now, and forever will be, a living hell".

Jurors have already discussed the case for more than 50 hours since Monday, leading to Cosby's lawyer to push for a mistrial.

Constand returned to her parents' home in Canada three months later.

Andrea Constand reacts after leaving the courtroom following the fifth day of deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania on Friday. The jury might be working toward an acquittal, the judge said. I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence which is the rightful way to make a sound decision. "But I still feel that I have an bad lot to offer in terms of my writing, in terms of my performance". He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody". They must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. The jury, from the Pittsburgh area, has been sequestered for two weeks about 300 miles from home.

In addition, Ellen DeGeneres Show producer Andy Lassner said he believes the dozens of women who say the Emmy-winning actor drugged, raped, or assaulted them. He was charged shortly before the statute of limitation was set to expire.

The case itself has followed a long path to prosecution.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

Though even if that is technically true, seemingly no academics or celebrities who've talked about the case have ventured to suggest that the two won't be forever linked, or that it won't be up to future generations to process Cosby's impact on the culture for themselves, with all the information that comes with it.

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

Cosby's longtime spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, made a statement of his own, declaring that "Mr. Cosby's power is back".

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