Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Camille Cosby bashes prosecutors following husband's mistrial

Camille Cosby bashes prosecutors following husband's mistrial

The 79-year-old's criminal trial ended this morning in mistrial just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For now, Cosby is free on bail.

Aside from the circus, many of Cosby's alleged victims - women who say their lives have been damaged for as long as 40 years by his actions - waited as well.

Prosecutors have reportedly expressed their intention to pursue a retrial in Constand's case.

The defense side in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is declaring victory and going on the attack after jurors deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office confirmed today that prosecutors will retry Bill Cosby on the three felony indecent sexual assault charges. He would not comment on why the jury was unable to come to a conclusion after more than 50 hours of deliberation, but he did say that it was in the community's best interest to retry the case.

But the trial has irrevocably damaged his legacy as a towering figure in U.S. popular culture, once adored for his seminal role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit TV series "The Cosby Show". "We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity but justice will come", she said.

The comedian was reportedly stoic, devoid of emotions, as the judge declared a mistrial.

She condemned the district attorney as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the judge as "overtly arrogant", lawyers for the accusers as "totally unethical" and "many" in the media as "blatantly vicious".

A 2005 police interview during which Cosby acknowledged giving her pills and fondling her, along with related testimony from the suburban Philadelphia detective who read it into the record.

Though Cosby did not testify, he attended proceedings every day. All jurors said yes, and O'Neil said, "After 52 hours of deliberation, which is probably one of the most courageous, selfless acts I've ever seen in the criminal justice system, I'm compelled to grant a mistrial".

Cosby has been an icon in the black community following a successful career in comedy, including playing the lead role in his eponymous Cosby Show, which ran for almost a decade from 1984 until 1992. That's where authorities say Cosby met Constand. They also asserted that Cosby and Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball staffer, were involved in a prolonged affair, even though there was no evidence to back up that claim.

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.

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.

Before the trial, Cosby told CNN's Michael Smerconish that he wants to return to comedy and activism.

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