Bill Cosby's Accusers Have Not Lost Hope Despite Mistrial

Carla Harmon
June 20, 2017

Even though the machinations of a retrial would be handled by attorneys, the ultimate decision of the next panel of jurors will be, once again, heavily dependent on their assessment of Constand and Cosby.

Levenson believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go.

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.

She commended her client Kelly Johnson, the only other accuser allowed to testify at the trial, and thanked all the accusers who have spoken out. However, it looks as if those deciding Cosby's fate are hopelessly deadlocked.

He also said he knew he would face public scrutiny regardless of how the trial ended. McAndrews suggested that a jury pool could be drawn from the Harrisburg area of Dauphin County, or from the Scranton area of Lackawanna County. That testimony had been read to the jury earlier in the trial. Granular details of the evidence were splayed across newspaper front pages and websites, parsed on radio talk shows and pored over in dueling spin contests. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.

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


Despite the zeal of prosecutor Kevin Steele, Cosby was reportedly convinced the proceedings would either end in his acquittal or a mistrial. "And for all those attorneys who conspired like Gloria Allred, tell them to go back to law school and take another class". The tweet was her first during the trial, and she hasn't tweeted directly about the trial since.

"Anything can happen because it's a new set of jurors", Levenson said. And they want a public reckoning.

The comic was on trial in a case against Andrew Constand, a former Temple University employee who accused Cosby of molesting her after giving her drugs at his home in 2004.

Legal experts had always warned that the "he said, she said" nature of the case was going to be hard to prove in court, not least because it happened so long ago and lacked physical evidence.

"I was frozen", she told the jury last week.

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


The fact that Cosby did not take the stand in his own defense may have also played a role in the deliberations. Cosby's wife, Camille - who skipped all but the defence closing argument - issued a blistering statement Saturday. Time will tell whether prosecutors will bring another case against the famed TV comedian.

Callan said the $33.5 million awarded in the case reflected the jury's reaction to a double homicide and was larger than a potential award to someone who has civil claims against Cosby.

Bill Cosby's latest mistrial in the sexual assault case against him is the subject of outrage for the 31-year-old actress, writer and activist.

As news reporters streamed out of the room, several other Cosby accusers, some in tears, waited in line to hug Constand, who smiled broadly and maintained her composure.

"From the moment she revealed what had happened to her, Andrea sought to have this matter addressed in the criminal justice system", Troiani said.

On Sunday, Allison went to church back home in NY.


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