June 28, 2017

Cosby accuser thanks prosecutors after mistrial

18 June 2017, 04:50 | Grady King

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial was ruled a mistrial by the judge on Saturday morning, after the jury could not reach a verdict.

"The proceedings in the Cosby trial over the past two weeks have also demonstrated the widespread challenges encountered by victims of sexual assault and prosecutors across the country". All told, if found guilty, Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Though the prosecution wanted to put a dozen of the others who have said he drugged and/or violated them on the stand, the judge allowed the jury to hear from only one of them. "The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work", she said in a statement released when allegations first began to mount against the entertainer in 2014.

Even as his team declared victory after today's hung jury, comedian Bill Cosby still faces a mountain of legal trouble in the coming years. In other words, it's too early to celebrate, Mr. Cosby.

This story has been corrected to show that an associate of Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby's spokesman, read Camille Cosby's statement, not Wyatt himself. "But why keep costing these citizens millions of dollars?" The American public often expects victims of sexual assault to behave in ways that are frequently different from how they actually behave.

"I hope that the prosecution will try this case again and that the next time the court will permit more priority bad act witnesses to testify as the prosecution had requested for this trial", Allred said. Under Pennsylvania's speedy trial law, the new trial should be set within 365 days, and Steele has promised to move as fast as possible.

He added that he is grateful for what the jury had done for the justice system.

Women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault appeared optimistic Saturday despite their disappointment that a mistrial was declared in the criminal case against the comedian.

Last year, California scrapped its statute of limitations on sex crimes altogether, and Nevada and Colorado extended theirs to 20 years.

As Seal wrote: In the aftermath of her meeting with Cosby "she suffered from nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression, and she isolated herself from her friends and her family".

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning actor in recent years of being a serial sexual predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years across the United States.

She joined a small group of accusers who stood in the stately courtroom, hugging a smiling Constand, while Cosby sat impassively at the defense table with his attorneys.

"We will evaluate and review our case, take a hard look at everything involved and we will retry it", he said during a press conference.

Cosby's wife, Camille, joined him in the courtroom as his defense team presented its case. A judge agreed, unsealed them, and the documents provided pieces of a damning depositions of Cosby.

The jury deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't agree on whether "The Cosby Show" star sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand after giving her pills that left her woozy and unable to say no or fight back.

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