Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry him in sex case

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Friday

Andrea Constand, former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, says Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his home in January 2004. They had much of the key testimony from the first six days of the trial read back to them.

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, remained calm but appeared exhausted as the mistrial was declared.

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. After the mistrial was declared, he stood up in the courtroom and seemed to be distressed as he spoke to his spokesman Andrew Wyatt.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele closed the prosecution's case on Monday by describing Cosby as a calculating sexual predator, who not only drugged and assaulted Constand in 2004, but also recast the attack as consensual and romantic.

Lawyers for Constand released their own statement Saturday afternoon, thanking the district attorney's office and "the many police officers and detectives who worked on this case". "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", Camille Cosby wrote in the statement.

The judge declared a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on the charges after six days. But what I will say is that I applaud this prosecutor, this judge, this young woman who came forward for at least attempting to uphold what we believe was the rule of law - that equal protection applies to Mr. Cosby just as it does to the victim in this case. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case".

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

Ms Constand, who was then 31, said he had offered her unidentified pills one night that left unable to stop his advances.

But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Day 4 they were at impasse. But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unanimous verdict.

"I assume when you became jurors you were not looking for celebrity or financial gain", O'Neill told them.

He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody".

Constand's claim was the only one to lead to criminal charges, with numerous others dating too far back to allow for prosecution.

Gloria Allred, the lawyer representing 33 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, said outside of the court that "round two may be just around the corner, and this time, justice may prevail".

One of Mr Cosby's lawyers, Brian McMonagle, applauded the decision.

"As I said before, about the carrying-ons, I said "listen, we don't run from the fact that this is a man who danced outside his marriage".

Cosby broke barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, I Spy, in the 1960s and created the top-ranked Cosby Show two decades later, starring as kindly Dr Cliff Huxtable. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding. She alleges that Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982. "Mrs. [Camille] Cosby's power is back", he said. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes.

Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

According to reports, more than 50 women came forward and accused Cosby of sexual assault, but only Constand's allegations have resulted in criminal charges.

"I think the jury will be better served if they can hear from the other accusers and then they can make that decision as to whether or not they would convict and whether an alleged victim was in the position to consent or was incapacitated by drugs".

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