Cosby Rape Trial Prosecutor Undeterred By Mistrial, Vows to Try Again And Calls Andrea Constand “Courageous”

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Bill Cosby, the comedian once known as “America’s Dad” for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, is wrongly declaring victory this Father’s Day after a jury deliberated 52 hours without reaching consensus on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004.  No one from Cosby’s real or TV families was in court Saturday when the case ended in a mistrial. Instead, Cosby emerged from the courthouse with his publicity team, which read a statement from his wife that accused the judge likely to retry him of arrogance and collusion with prosecutors.

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District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to try the 79-year-old Cosby a second time, saying accuser Andrea Constand supported the decision.

 

“She has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done,” Steele said. “She’s entitled to a verdict in this case.”

 

Cosby’s team declared victory, however temporary.

 

By sowing doubt among one or more jurors, Cosby’s lawyers managed to overcome two years of unrelenting bad publicity for their client after the public release of his damaging testimony about drugs and sex, as well as a barrage of accusations from 60 women who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

 

 

Constand, now 44, told jurors Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. The 2004 encounter at Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges.

 

Constand, who worked at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University, is ready to go to trial again.

 

“She’s a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a purpose, and I think the purpose is … it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court,” said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani. Troiani acknowledged the difficulty of the case, given the passage of time and the impact of the alleged drugging on Constand’s ability to recall details.

 

The jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against the comedian, ending the trial without a verdict after a long week of deliberations.

 

Cosby’s team, including his so-called wife Camille immediately went on the attack.

 

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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