Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

Bill Cosby favoured to walk after retrial, but new jury may be more eager to convict

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs after a judge declared a mistrial in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 17, 2017.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele has said he will retry the case. But on the long bus ride home to Pittsburgh, he said, there was little talk. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case". Though the prosecution wanted to present testimony from 13 others who have said that the comedian drugged and/or violated them, the judge allowed the jury to hear from only one of them. "She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a goal, and I think the objective is ... it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court". That so many reports of wrongdoing netted only one criminal case against Cosby shows just how badly other states need to follow their lead.

And yet, given the favorable (if tentative) outcome that Cosby; his wife, Camille; and his legal team celebrated this past weekend, and the crowd cheering at the courthouse, it doesn't seem that any such power ever left him. She also criticized the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media.

Ms Linda Fairstein, former head of the sex-crimes unit with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, agreed that retrials are usually better for the defence.

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

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Cosby remains on $1 million bail over the three felony charges. "It has been restored".

The Cosby mistrial decision has many people in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania talking.

He even has the distinction of breaking the Hollywood color barrier by becoming the first black man to star in a TV drama series, I Spy in 1965.

But it was Cosby's reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him. Several of them attended the criminal trial with their lawyers.

Cosby's defense against Andrea Constand's allegation that he drugged and raped her in 2004 was that they had consensual sex. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

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But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Day 4 they were at impasse. "We, the jury, are deadlocked on all counts", said the note read by Judge Steven O'Neill on Saturday morning. On Saturday morning, all jurors agreed that there was "hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved on further deliberations", BuzzFeed News reported.

The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system". Brown thinks the defense will have the upper hand during a retrial.

It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit. The case ended with a hung jury that was unable to decide whether or not to convict Cosby.

Many prosecutors still only agree to try sexual assault and rape cases they know they can win.

A decade later, another district attorney reopened the investigation after his lurid deposition became public, and dozens of women came forward against one of the most beloved stars in all of show business.

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Cosby was eventually charged in December 2015, just days before the statute of limitations was set to expire. Media outlets scrambled to speak to women who alleged he had abused them; 35 of them posed for the cover of NY magazine.

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