Cosby accuser thanks prosecutors after mistrial

Posted June 18, 2017

The sequestered seven-man, five-woman panel spent 52 hours deliberating in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, Pennsylvania - far longer than the amount of time dedicated to testimony and legal arguments.

"I hope that the prosecution will try this case again and that the next time the court will permit more prior bad act witnesses to testify, as the prosecution had requested for this trial", she said. She said she began to feel woozy and her vision blurred.

Cosby's team declared victory, however temporary.

Constand was one of dozens of women who accused Cosby of sexual assault over a decades-long time period, but hers has been the only one to result in a criminal trial. He has said the encounter with Constand was consensual.

In a statement issued jointly with her lawyers on Saturday, Constand thanked prosecutors and police who worked on her case.

"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a goal, and I think the objective should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court". The government lawyer charged Cosby shortly before the statute of limitations was to expire.

At least three of Bill Cosby's 60 accusers reacted Saturday in the immediate aftermath of the comedian's mistrial in his sexual assault trial.

Former teen actor Barbara Bowman told her story to many media outlets in the years after Constand went public.

"How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Heinously and exploitively ambitious", Camille said. Despite her disappointment over the outcome, Allison struck a hopeful note, saying she hoped bringing Cosby to trial would encourage other sexual assault victims to step forward. "It has been restored".

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The "big problem" with the trial was the inability of several other accusers to testify, Allred said. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding.

About a dozen excerpts from Cosby's deposition testimony in which he talks about obtaining quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with. The jury got the case Monday, and first declared itself deadlocked Thursday on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

If they can't break the deadlock, O'Neill could declare a hung jury and a mistrial.

Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom was among the first to tweet after the mistrial announcement, encouraging people to continue to fight rape culture. They must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

Constand did not speak to reporters, but her attorney, Dolores Troiani, said Constand was a "very spiritual person who believes everything happens for a reason".

The statement came the day after NPR broadcast an awkward interview with Cosby - awkward because Cosby did not utter one word when repeatedly asked about the charges against him.

O'Neill said after the mistrial ruling that he would attempt to set the case to continue within the next 100 days. "'Probably' does not win criminal trials".

In addition to proving that Cosby assaulted them, Smolla said, they would have to establish that he said something about them beyond denying the allegations, such as calling them known liars or promiscuous. Constand has done so.