What’s next for Bill Cosby’s trial

Co­me­dian’s sex as­sault case ends in mis­trial

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Bill Cosby sex as­sault case ended in a mis­trial Satur­day. Cosby is charged with drug­ging and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing An­drea Con­stand, who now lives in Toronto, at his home out­side Philadel­phia in 2004. Dozens of other women have ac­cused Cosby, now 79, of mo­lest­ing them decades ago, and 10 have civil law­suits pend­ing against him. Only one was al­lowed to tes­tify in the Con­stand case. Cosby has de­nied all their claims.

THE MIS­TRIAL Judge Steven O’Neill de­clared a mis­trial af­ter the jury of seven women and men an­nounced they were hope­lessly dead­locked af­ter 52 hours of de­lib­er­a­tions over six days. The jury got the case Mon­day, and first de­clared it­self dead­locked Thurs­day on the three counts of ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault. But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unan­i­mous ver­dict. The charges against Cosby re­main in place.

A NEW TRIAL District At­tor­ney Kevin Steele said im­me­di­ately af­ter the mis­trial that he would retry Cosby. He said Con­stand “is en­ti­tled to a ver­dict in this case and the cit­i­zens of Mont­gomery County, where this crime oc­curred, are en­ti­tled to a ver­dict in this case. And we will push for­ward.” He said pros­e­cu­tors felt good about the case, but “there’s al­ways tweaks.” AN­DREA CON­STAND Af­ter the mis­trial, Con­stand doled out hugs to her mother, pros­e­cu­tors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them. She did not com­ment pub­licly. But her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said “she’s a very spir­i­tual per­son. She be­lieves things hap­pen for a rea­son.”

“She will ab­so­lutely come back again,” she said. THE OTHER AC­CUSERS Kelly John­son was the only other ac­cuser al­lowed to tes­tify at Cosby’s trial. John­son has ac­cused Cosby of drug­ging and mo­lest­ing her in 1996. At­tor­ney Glo­ria Allred, who rep­re­sents John­son and many other ac­cusers, said she hoped more can tes­tify at the next trial.

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