Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Cosby Prosecutor Undeterred by Mistrial, Vows to Try Again

Cosby Prosecutor Undeterred by Mistrial, Vows to Try Again

Bill Cosby's trial for sexual misconduct has ended in a hung jury, and reports are stating that Cosby new all along.

The result was a victory for Cosby, 79, who had faced years in prison for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting college administrator Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

District Attorney Kevin Steele said immediately after the mistrial that he would retry Cosby.

Gianna Constand, left and her daughter Andrea Constand walk from the courtroom during jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Constand, 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

Seven women are suing Mr Cosby for defamation in separate lawsuits pending in MA, where Mr Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls.

He remains free on $1 million bail, still charged with three counts of felony sexual assault. Judge Steven O'Neill could revisit the issue as early as Monday. "This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said of one call that lasted 49 minutes. His accuser took the stand and recalled the night she was allegedly molested, telling the court, "I was jolted conscious, jolted awake, and I felt Mr. Cosby's hand groping my breasts, under my shirt".

It's a depressing question to ask on a Father's Day weekend: What does it mean that a superstar comic and philanthropist once "America's Dad" just saw his prosecution on sexual assault charges end in a mistrial? His deposition testimony in her civil suit revealed the man who has a bestselling book about fatherhood had procured Quaaludes for the objective of having sex with women who were not his wife.

The jury that said it was "hopelessly deadlocked" on Saturday was selected in Pittsburgh, then bused to suburban Philadelphia and sequestered during 11 days of testimony and deliberations. "As a very special friend once stated, 'Truth can be subdued, but not destroyed.'" Camille Cosby also thanked her husband's lawyers, other staff members, family and friends for their support.

On Friday, the jury asked to review multiple pieces of evidence, including Cosby's 2006 deposition testimony about quaaludes, a now-banned party drug. "Once people say they are deadlocked, then what really becomes the reason for further deliberations?"

Cosby had broken barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy", in the 1960s and, two decades later, created the top-ranked "Cosby Show". He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding.

The criminal case against Cosby partly stems from the accuser's related lawsuit.

Among the women who huddled with Constand was Victoria Valentino, who said Cosby assaulted her almost five decades ago.

"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, '" defense lawyer Brian McMonagle told reporters. Dickinson claims Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 1982. "T he prosecution needed 12 for a verdict - the defense only needed one for a mistrial".

Bruce Castor, the ex-prosecutor who passed on Constand's case in 2005, said Saturday that he was disappointed but not surprised in Steele's failure to win a conviction. 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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