Cosby's lawyers triumphant, but sex crime retrial, lawsuits loom

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Here Cosby arrives to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., alongside his wife, Camille. Cosby's trial ended after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.

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

Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors' names, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions.

What are your thoughts on the Cosby case and verdict? Still, it's frustrating to see jurors succumb to ambiguity in this particular case when, to the general observer, so many women have indicted Cosby with revolting clarity in the court of public opinion.

In a formal declaration announced mutually with her attorneys on Saturday, Constand expressed gratitude towards all the prosecutors and members of law enforcement who chose to take an interest in her case. His deposition testimony in her civil suit revealed the man who has a bestselling book about fatherhood had procured Quaaludes for the goal of having sex with women who were not his wife.

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. Cosby's power - his inherent trustworthiness as a famous, beloved man called to account by a strong but powerless woman - is impossible to separate from the verdict, or the trial's lack thereof.

Former teen actor Barbara Bowman told her story to many media outlets in the years after Constand went public. She accused Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who oversaw the case, of "arrogantly" siding with the prosecution.

It took 52 hours for the jury of seven men and five women to decide that they could not decide the case.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they were at impasse.


Criminal law professor Jody Armour wonders if the bitter divide over social issues that's evident in American politics was at work in the jury room.

But Constand's allegations were the only criminal case brought against him as most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute. We can now wonder if a lot of those kinds of attitudes were at play in.

"We commend those prosecutors who raised awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the effect the drug has on the victim's memory and ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury", she said in a statement that her attorneys released to USA media.

Attorney Brian McMonagle spoke with Jean Casarez of CNN after jurors were deadlocked Saturday in the case near Philadelphia.

Some of you reading this will find it hard to understand that for years Bill Cosby was America's dad.

Mike McCloskey appears to be the first member of the sequestered 12-person jury or the panel of six alternates to speak publicly about the case.

It has been reported that he was confident that he would get a hung jury, saying they only needed to sway a single holdout.

The inability of a court to convict Mr Cosby, 79, has become a rallying point for assault victim activists. She believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go. "The second time around, are they coming with an agenda?" They spent the duration of the trial sequestered after being chosen from Allegheny County, almost 300 miles away. The discovery in those cases is underway, but his deposition testimony will remain on hold until the retrial in the criminal case.

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