Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Cosby prosecutor fights release of juror names

Cosby prosecutor fights release of juror names

Cosby's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the witness stand, and the prosecution's decision to pursue a second trial keeps him in legal limbo.

A U.S. judge has declared a mistrial in the sexual-assault case of comedian and celebrity Bill Cosby after a jury said it was deadlocked following more than 52 hours of deliberations. Allred has said that a second deposition of Cosby was awaiting the conclusion of the criminal trial, so that case, too, may be delayed. The outcome leaves one of America's most recognized entertainers as well as his accusers without vindication, but prosecutors immediately announced they will retry the 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.

'We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come, ' she warned. The defense had hoped, if it did, to introduce evidence she had previously dated a man.

Constand, who worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, is ready to go to trial again. And Steele on Sunday denied a media report that Cosby had ever been offered a plea deal.

The juror names remain shielded from the public under a protective order that several news outlets have challenged. He had earlier made the Cosby case an election issue.

The jury of seven men and five women had been deliberating since Monday, when attorneys for both sides gave their closing arguments.

"Social attitudes in general affect what happens in criminal trials, in rape cases". Guilty or not, this is the beginning for a lot of us.

Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home. "Once people say they are deadlocked, then what really becomes the reason for further deliberations?"

"We get 12 people to agree on sex assault cases all the time, but this is not any case".

It has been reported that he was confident that he would get a hung jury, saying they only needed to sway a single holdout.

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"I would say we would have voted to convict", he said.

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.

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Cosby is also battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and MA.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the goal of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.

Publicist Andrew Wyatt raised a clenched fist as he led the legally blind Cosby out of the courthouse after the jury deadlocked Saturday, while cameras popped and his lead defense lawyer walked away.

Bill Cosby listens to his wife Camille's statement being read aloud by Ebonee M. Benson outside the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

While he remains free on bail, he lives under the reality of facing ten civil suits, many of them for defamation.

One of the judges on the case said he'd like a retrial to begin within 120 days.

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