Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

A retrial of comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges will likely offer major advantages to the defence, former prosecutors and defence lawyers said, but the enormous publicity surrounding the case may also produce a second jury that is more eager to convict.

The 79-year-old comedian is charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault over allegations that he drugged and sexually violated Constand, 44.

If found guilty, Cosby could go to prison for the rest of his life. They may also be able to query jurors about the deliberations in hopes of learning something that may make their arguments more convincing.

"When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" But he says he no longer had them when he met Constand in 2002 at Temple.

He did not take the stand in his own defense, leaving it to his attorney to argue Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

On the sixth day of deliberations, Judge Steven O'Neill declared that the jury of seven men and five woman were deadlocked in a legal battle closely watched by the public as well as dozens of women who have accused Cosby of similar misconduct in the past.

Legal experts had always warned that the "he said, she said" nature of the case was going to be hard to prove in court, not least because it happened so long ago and lacked physical evidence.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - In one of the more unusual scenes to play out at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, the judge questioned Cosby under oath as jury deliberations wore on to be sure he knew the mistrial he sought could lead to a second trial.

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In her note to the judge informing the deadlock, the jury forewoman said the panel could not reach "a unanimous consensus" on the charges against Cosby.

Constand was a standout basketball player at the University of Arizona who did a brief stint in the Italian Women's Basketball League. "And they're hearing Mr. C.'s testimony, and he's extremely truthful".

"She's ready to go again", said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, of a retrial. Judge Steven O'Neill could revisit the issue as early as Monday.

It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit.

In his opening segment on the show, Oliver noted that the Cosby case supplied viewers "with one of the single weirdest moments of the year", when, following the announcement of a hung jury, Cosby yelled his famous Fat Albert catch phrase, "Hey, hey, hey!" as he exited the courthouse. And they want a public reckoning.

The case has already helped demolish his image as America's Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and '90s.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

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