Cosby, Castile, Carter: Three trials that gripped the nation

Posted June 26, 2017

Lawyers are hoping that the judge might reconsider when District Attorney Kevin R. Steele brings the case to trial again - giving other accusers a chance to add their testimony against Cosby.

A Pennsylvania Judge declared a mistrial on the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby-jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision after six days of deliberation.

The judge overseeing the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania, US, has declared a mistrial.

She filed a police complaint in January 2005 after moving back home to the Toronto area and then sued Cosby in March of that year when the local prosecutor decided not to charge him. Prosecutors quickly promised to retry Cosby, and Constand was just one of at least 60 women to publicly accuse him of sexual assault or harassment. Just after 11 a.m. Thursday, jurors told O'Neill that they were at an impasse on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from Andrea Constand's claim that he drugged and molested her at his Cheltenham Township home in 2004.

Criminal charges aside, Cosby also faces several civil suits - 10 of them, to be exact.

Villanova University law school Professor Emeritus Anne Poulin says the mistrial tells us that some of the jurors were convinced beyond a reasonable doubt of Cosby's guilt.

"But the entertainer had kept positive, McMonagle said: "... some of the most aggravating parts of our trial he kept us going, telling jokes, cracking a smile".

While Simpson was acquitted in the 1995 criminal case, a jury in the civil case ordered him to pay $25 million in punitive damages to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman, who were together when they were killed.

Accuser Victoria Valentino, who attending the trial for two weeks, told NBC News that she would not give up her fight for the truth.

"I get emotional how hard you've worked", O'Neil said.

Seven women now have defamation suits pending against him in MA.

She said that Cosby brought her three blue pills, saying they would help her relax and assuring her they were safe.

The admissions smashed the image he had built as a moralizing public figure and as the upstanding paterfamilias in the wildly popular 1980s and '90s sitcom "The Cosby Show". "The juror's they used their power to speak and Mrs. Cosby's power is back".

American-Pakistani stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani asked; "Serious question: How will Cosby ever get an unbiased jury?"

Cosby, 79, has denied Constand's allegations, as well as dozens of similar accusations made by women stretching back decades.

Constand sat stoically in the front row of the courtroom, flanked by her mother and a detective.

She condemned the district attorney as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the judge as "overtly arrogant", lawyers for the accusers as "totally unethical" and "many" in the media as "blatantly vicious". Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire. There were other reasons she was guilty, Judge Lawrence Moniz said Friday during a 15-minute explanation of his rationale for conviction.