dglobalnews.com Cosby team triumphant, but retrial looms
Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Cosby team triumphant, but retrial looms

Cosby team triumphant, but retrial looms

Bill Cosby countersued them in December 2015, saying they defamed him. Before that, his comedy albums were listened to religiously, and I can still recite his "Noah's Ark" routine nearly verbatim.

Prosecutors pledge to retry celebrity, known as America's Dad, over charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the scheduling of a second deposition was on hold because of the criminal trial.

Prosecutors had sought to have 13 other accusers testify in Constand's case, but the judge allowed only one, finding that more would unfairly prejudice the jury.

Free on a $1 million bail, Cosby - who says he is legally blind - hung his head and made no comment before leaving the court in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, escorted by his representatives.

Seven women are suing Cosby for defamation in separate lawsuits pending in MA, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls. With the criminal case now set for a retrial, it appears that the MA civil case will be significantly prolonged.

Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The disgraced entertainer still faces a slew of civil lawsuits.

Former model and actress Janice Dickinson has also filed a defamation suit against Cosby in California. "Our case goes on independently", Dickinson's attorney, Lisa Bloom, told Variety. Huth alleges that Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.

As for criminal charges, Bloom said a retrial typically favours the prosecution because in a second trial, attorneys for the accusers have already seen the legal strategy by the defence.

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Prosecutors plan to retry Cosby and say releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial.

"Now they have a full record that their investigators can go out and use to obtain impeachment material", said Steven Fairlie, a criminal defence attorney in Philadelphia who has been tracking the case.

But the public's reaction back then was much different.

And the world seemed to move on - until a joke by comic Hannibal Burress calling Cosby a rapist became a viral video in 2014, inspiring one of his accusers to write an op-ed column for the Washington Post, which brought an avalanche of new allegations. A trial date may be set later this month for the sexual battery case.

She once served on a jury where the foreperson was the lone holdout for an acquittal. Cosby says the encounter was consensual. In interviews he's remained light about the proceedings, usually talking about his grandchildren or his intention to continue performing after the trials are settled.

Cosby also is battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and MA. It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came.

An attorney acting for many of Bill Cosby's accusers has said: 'It's too early to celebrate, Mr. Cosby'. His deposition testimony in her civil suit revealed the man who has a bestselling book about fatherhood had procured Quaaludes for the goal of having sex with women who were not his wife.

Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to 25-years-to-life in April.

He advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn't need to discuss the case. Is there any hope of redemption in the eyes of the public?

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