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Cosby's lawyer, judge clash as jury pushes patience, clock

18 June 2017

"Why did the [accusers] wait so long?" asked one woman, who held a manila folder with "We 3 Bill Cosby" scrawled in Sharpie. However, the trial only focused on allegations brought forth by Andrea Constand, former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team. She says Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

One other accuser, Kelly Johnson, was allowed to testify during the trial as prosecutors sought to establish that Cosby had a pattern of assault. Three are defamation cases in which accusers say Cosby defamed them as liars, and two are civil assault lawsuits. His attorneys have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations.

The court in Norristown, Pennsylvania announced on Saturday that the case against Bill Cosby, accusing him of aggravated indecent assault, ended in a mistrial. "In my experience, the courts tend to be far more liberal in allowing both sides to introduce a greater volume of evidence than the stricter rules in criminal cases".

The jury deliberated more than 52 hours on charges that Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia area home in 2004. Over two visits, she said, he touched her "without warning" and tried to unbutton her trousers before she stopped him.

"How do I describe the district attorney?" There will be a retrial. He has said it was Benadryl, a cold and allergy medicine.

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Though even if that is technically true, seemingly no academics or celebrities who've talked about the case have ventured to suggest that the two won't be forever linked, or that it won't be up to future generations to process Cosby's impact on the culture for themselves, with all the information that comes with it. He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody". His wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby, accompanied him Monday, and his onscreen daughter, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show escorted him into the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5. In 2005, prosecutors declined to charge Cosby based on Constand's account, and she filed a lawsuit that Cosby settled for an undisclosed sum.

Heidi Thomas praised Constand's "courage and willingness to go back into the maelstrom of this crime".

Lawyers for Andrea Constand issued a statement on her behalf Saturday.

In addition, Ellen DeGeneres Show producer Andy Lassner said he believes the dozens of women who say the Emmy-winning actor drugged, raped, or assaulted them.

"DNA doesn't lie, doesn't fade with time, and can't be altered to anything other than what it is".

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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.

Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. "And we will push forward".

The "big problem" with the trial was the inability of several other accusers to testify, Allred said. The jurors - five women and seven men - were unable to come to a unanimous decision in a courtroom battle closely watched by the public as well as dozens of women who have accused Cosby of similar misconduct in the past.

Constand's claim was the only one to lead to criminal charges, with numerous others dating too far back to allow for prosecution.

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Cosby's lawyer, judge clash as jury pushes patience, clock