What’s next in Cosby trial

Co­me­dian’s sex as­sault case ends in mistrial

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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 this case. Cosby has de­nied all their claims.

THE MISTRIAL

Judge Steven O’neill de­clared a mistrial af­ter the jury mem­bers 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.”

COSBY’S RE­SPONSE

Cosby, who did not take the stand dur­ing his trial, did not com­ment out­side court. In­stead, a pub­li­cist read a blis­ter­ing state­ment from his wife, Camille, who had been in court dur­ing one day of the trial but was not at the court­house Satur­day. In the state­ment, which Bill Cosby later tweeted, she at­tacked Judge O’neill, de­scrib­ing him as “overtly ar­ro­gant” and ac­cus­ing him of “col­lab­o­rat­ing with the district at­tor­ney.”

COSBY’S LAWYER

From de­fence at­tor­ney Brian Mcmona­gle: “There were no win­ners here but like the song goes you don’t al­ways get what you want but if you try some­times ... you get what you need. If the case is re­tried, know that I will once again put them to the test.”

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 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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