Bill Cosby criminal case: 'Mistrial' declared

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 19, 2017

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.

His wife, Camille Cosby, issued a strongly worded statement that condemned the district attorney for bringing the case and criticized the media, which she said had "continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths".

Kristina Ruehli said she "was particularly nauseated" with a statement Saturday from Cosby's wife, Camille, criticizing prosecutors, the judge and media.

The end to the criminal trial of Bill Cosby with a hung jury and mistrial is not surprising, and may well be the result of jury nullification; a perfectly lawful doctrine which has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, and which some prominent African Americans have championed, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who correctly predicted the outcome of several jury nullification cases, including this one. He is free on $1 million bail.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial after the deadlocked jury of seven men and five women finished more than 50 hours of discussion. Neither the judge nor attorneys said they were aware of how the jury split on Cosby's guilt or innocence. Mr Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case.

The prosecution had rested its case last Friday, and the defense presented a case Monday that lasted just six minutes - in essence telling the jury that prosecutors had failed to prove anything, and that there was little or nothing left for them to rebut. "Round two may just be around the corner and this time justice will prevail". The comedian's spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, not only criticized the women accusing Cosby of assault (many of the comedian's accusers attended the trial and could be seen crying outside the courthouse today after the announcement was made) but also took a jab at the attorneys looking to prosecute. He said the encounter occurred in 1990, while Johnson insists it was 1996.

Valentino, one of the dozens of women who have accused the 79-year-old of sexual assault in the past, believes the case is far from over, Al Jazeera reported.

Referring to the comedian, Masten said she "will not degrade myself to ever" utter his name again. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O desserts.

Cosby did not testify but his version of the encounter was shown to jurors in the form of a police interview he did in 2005, as well as sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 during Constand's civil lawsuit. His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual. He has said it was Benadryl, a cold and allergy medicine.

Chloe Goins, a former model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, is also suing the comedian on sexual battery and other claims.

Cosby's chief accuser, Canadian Andrea Constand is thanking prosecutors for taking her case and in a statement and said the trial has given a voice to the many complainants who felt powerless and silenced.

District Attorney Kevin Steele spoke to reporters after the judge declared a mistrial Saturday. There is not today in my mind at least, as a layman, a case that exists that stands within the statute of limitations that has physical evidence, corroborative evidence, the kind of testimony you would need to convict him.

"This isn't talking to a trustee".

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