Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry him in sex case


"To all the women who say Bill Cosby drugged, raped or assaulted you: I BELIEVE YOU", he wrote.

"I have been greatly concerned for his health, I don't know if I can survive what he survived this week", he said. "It was hard for me, and I have no idea how he managed to sit in a room and endure while strangers were deciding his destiny and his fate". Any reasonable doubt, said Gomez, can create a deadlocked jury. "Telling us stories, telling us jokes, making us smile". He is accused of assaulting Andrea Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent in his home outside of Philadelphia, in Elkins Park, in early 2004. "If you've reached a unanimous decision on some of the charges, please report that back to me", he said.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial after the deadlocked jury of seven men and five women finished more than 50 hours of discussion.

Later, after the jury was out of the room, O'Neill said the trial was the "largest undertaking in probably the history of this county" and thanked public and the news media for their good behavior in the courtroom.

Bruce Castor, the ex-prosecutor who passed on Constand's case in 2005, said Saturday that he was disappointed but not surprised in Steele's failure to win a conviction. A judge recently denied Mr Cosby's motion to dismiss the case, and a trial has been scheduled for June 2018. Cosby's admissions in that deposition led Montgomery County prosecutors to file charges against him.

"You're not off the hook, buddy."
With Cosby standing quietly by his side, he told them in no uncertain terms that they should "go back to law school".

"Waiting so long, when people have died". "We kept running into walls trying to investigate the accusations because there's nothing left".

Andrew Wyatt, the star's loyal spokesman who escorted the legally-blind defendant in and out of court, would introduce them.

Cosby, on the contrary, said Constand never stopped him when he made his moves.

"When he got there, he had been awakened at home by us, told that he had to get here", the lawyer said.

"We get 12 people to agree on sex assault cases all the time, but this is not any case. I've handled a lot of cases but I wasn't quite prepared for what I would see". Cosby's wife, Camille - who skipped all but the defence closing argument - issued a blistering statement Saturday.

'How do I describe the district attorney? "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", Cosby's statement began. How do I describe the judge? "Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney".

Poulin says the District Attorney's decision to retry the case was to be expected.

Steele, who is a career prosecutor, will have insights in the retrial that he did not have in the first trial: He and his key witnesses have now gotten a detailed view of the defence team's strategy and its methods of handling cross-examinations.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

He said Constand "has shown such courage through this".

The jury may be looking at Constand and wondering how she remembers what happened the night she claims she was drugged and assaulted, or even why she voluntarily took pills. Cosby was arrested on charges he assaulted Constand in 2016.

The comedian's lawyers maintained throughout the trial their client and Constand's sexual relationship was consensual.