Bill Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry sex case

Ruben Ruiz
June 20, 2017

Camille Cosby, 73, only attended one day of the trial with her husband. "I'm sorry it's causing everyone frustration".

On the opposite side of drama from Camille Cosby, more than half a dozen women who have publicly asserted that they were sexually assaulted by the comedian appeared in court as spectators during the trial to support Constand.

Prosecutors said they will retry the case.

The jurors also listened to the definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutors must cross to win a conviction, and reviewed testimony from Constand and her mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter.

Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee in 2004 at his home near Philadelphia.

Had he been found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which allegedly took place at his Philadelphia home 13 years ago, he could have faced up to a decade in prison. When they don't. Judd Apatow tweeted, If Cosby's defense is true he is admitting to cheating hundreds of times on his wife with the use of quaaludes.

TAYLOR: You know I have for many reasons refrained from responding to or making characterizations about Mrs. Cosby because, in my mind, she, too, was a victim. The judge instructed them to keep working, but despite marathon 12-hour sessions, the jury said on Saturday it was at an impasse.

"We came here looking for an acquittal, but like that Rolling Stones song says, 'You don't always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need, '" defence lawyer Brian McMonagle told reporters.

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Bill Cosby raises his hand as he exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

As if to demonstrate just how firmly the battle lines have been drawn in this case, Cosby's camp gave no sign that they would give in to speculation over his past relationships with women.

The jurors will get back to work Saturday morning. Goldie Taylor, editor-at-large with The Daily Beast, thanks so much.

Cosby thanked fans and supporters as he left court Friday.

Less than 48 hours later, the panel informed the judge that they were still deadlocked on all three counts.

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". But Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill only allowed one, Kelly Johnson. He has said he gave her Benadryl. Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where she was director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees.

He did not take the stand in his own defense, leaving it to his attorney to argue Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. In 2005, prosecutors declined to charge Cosby based on Constand's account, and she filed a lawsuit that Cosby settled for an undisclosed sum.

Two women jurors looked anguished when they announced the final deadlock, wiping away tears. Speaking in a calm and unemotional tone, Veronique Valliere, a psychologist, testified that sexual assault victims are frequently so traumatized that they can be confused about details.

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