Cosby team triumphant, but sex crime retrial, lawsuits loom

Posted June 20, 2017

"None of them have ever been cross-examined, and the one time that it has happened, fair-minded people couldn't come to a conclusion", he said in reference to the current case in Pennsylvania, which ended Saturday in a mistrial.

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.

He told Pittsburgh radio station WDVE that jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial, maintaining "complete silence". The mistrial in Cosby's case came only a day after a Minnesota jury acquitted police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges stemming from the shooting death of Philando Castile at a traffic stop on July 6, 2016.

McCloskey posted his juror's badge on Facebook as proof of his role in the case. "Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney", she said in her statement, which was tweeted by her husband and read by an associate of the public relations firm representing Cosby.

It took 52 hours for the jury of seven men and five women to decide that they could not decide the case. Prosecutors say they will retry the case. Media organizations including The Associated Press urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process".

- The dozen jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial spanned a diverse demographic range: white men in their 20s and 30s, middle-aged African Americans, elderly white women. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

McMonagle said Camille Cosby's words will not have any effect on the case, should there be a retrial.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse.

The jury deadlocked after more than 50 hours of deliberation in Norristown, Pennsylvania, over charges that he drugged and then molested a woman in 2004.

The panel also asked to hear excerpts from Cosby's deposition in 2005 in which he says he gave the sedative Quaaludes to a woman in Las Vegas in 1976 before having sex with her, and that he used them with other women. The court of public opinion has already reached their verdict and that comes from his own testimony. "It's an old case, it's a controversial case, it's a case that involves questions of consent", said professor Laurie Levenson, of Loyola Law School.

In a retrial, District Attorney Kevin Steele could ask the judge to allow testimony from more of Cosby's 60 accusers, or to disclose to jurors that Constand is gay. 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.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said only that the "jury is apparently working very hard". Cosby, who turns 80 in July, is free on $1 million bond.

One of the judges on the case said he would like a retrial to begin within 120 days.

Tamara Green, the next woman to publicly accuse Cosby after Constand, filed a defamation suit. With the criminal case now set for a retrial, it appears that the MA civil case will be pushed back.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.