Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry him in sex case

Constand, who worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, is ready to go to trial again. Jurors had said they were at an impasse on Thursday, but Judge Steven O'Neill bristled at resulting calls for a mistrial from Cosby's attorneys, saying he would let the jury work as long as it could to break the deadlock.

The case accusing Bill Cosby of indecent assault ended in a mistrial on Saturday, after a Pennsylvania jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision.

Kristina Ruehli said she "was particularly nauseated" with a statement Saturday from Cosby's wife, Camille, criticizing prosecutors, the judge and media.

The prosecution rested last Friday earlier after five swift days of testimony in the case that could have sent Cosby to prison for the rest of his life.

In a February 17, 2005, news release, former District Attorney Bruce Castor Jr. said no criminal charges were forthcoming but he would "reconsider" the decision "should the need arise", according to the affidavit.

Cosby has denied all of the accusations, which have shattered the reputation he built as "America's dad" while starring in the 1980s hit TV series "The Cosby Show".

Her case was initially settled by a civil suit but re-opened in 2015, when Pennsylvania prosecutors claimed that new evidence had come to light. "It has been restored", said Andrew Wyatt, his spokesman. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes. Cosby admitted under oath that he procured sedatives for the objective of giving them to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.

The prosecutor, Kevin Steele, says he will retry Bill Cosby. "He sat for 12 hours a day, he went without sleep for most of this trial - I have no doubt it took a big toll on him".

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"It's extremely emotional", said Jewel Allison, a NY woman who has said that Cosby assaulted her, as she prepared to leave the courthouse.

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning actor in recent years of being a serial sexual predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years across the United States.

Outside the courthouse, as Cosby stood silently behind them, members of his team criticised the case against him.

The saturation coverage of Cosby's mistrial is sure to complicate jury selection. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jello-O pudding.

But Constand's allegations were the only criminal case brought against him as most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire.

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity status nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this awful thing".

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

"If Cosby had testified, I would say that benefits the prosecution, but there's nothing there they can comb through", Oliver said. Speaking in a calm and unemotional tone, Veronique Valliere, a psychologist, testified that sexual assault victims are frequently so traumatized that they can be confused about details.

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