Bill Cosby’s Retrial Approved By Same Judge Mrs. Camille Cosby Slammed
A Pennsylvania judge has just given the prosecution permission to retrial Bill Cosby for sexual assault in the case against Andrea Constand. This comes just a few weeks after Cosby’s trial was declared a mistrial, due to the jury not anonymously agreeing that Cosby was guilty of Andrea’s claims. This also comes a few weeks after Mrs. Camille Cosby slammed the hell outta that same Pennsylvania judge, whom she accused of collaborating with the prosecuting D.A., Kevin R. Steele, in the case in an unethical effort to pen “false” crimes on Cosby.
During Cosby’s trial, Judge Stephen T. O’Neill shocked many when he forced the jurors to go back in and deliberate more, after they’d presented their deadlocked verdict the first time. Once the jury deliberated for a total of 52 hours, they went back a second time with their second deadlocked verdict and the judge had no choice but to declare it a mistrial.
Mrs. Cosby’s Prior Statement About Judge
In Camille’s prior public statement, which she released the day after Cosby’s trial was declared a mistrial, she called the judge “arrogant” and the D.A. “heinous” and “exploitative.” Check out her full statement below:
Statement From Mrs. Camille Cosby pic.twitter.com/nfBF92BpN1
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 17, 2017
Details of Cosby’s Retrial & What Jurors Said
As of a couple days ago, judge has now made the prosecuting district attorney’s prior vow of retrial, a reality. The thing that is unclear, but highly probable, is if judge O’Neil will be presiding over Cosby’s retrial as well.
The retrial is scheduled for November 6, 2017. The jurors for the first trial were made up of 7 men and 5 women, with only one African American. Those odds seemed to be against Cosby at that time, but a few jurors who were part of the case, later explained why they ended up deadlocked. Here are part of their responses (the jurors’ names remained anonymous):
Juror ‘A’ said this of Cosby’s and Constand’s conflicting recollections of their encounter in 2004, which was deliberated in the jury room:
Via Daily News- “She was well-coached,” he [the juror] said of Constand’s two days on the witness stand. “Let’s face it: She went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts. What the heck?”
“He [Cosby] was extremely honest. He admitted to things,” the juror said. [The juror] also saw Constand’s mother as the driving force behind her decision to report the alleged assault to police a year after it occurred. “It was her mother who forced all this,” the panel member said.
He said he did not think District Attorney Kevin R. Steele should pursue a retrial, as he has said he will do. “They should’ve left it closed. … There wasn’t enough evidence to move the case forward,” he said.”
Juror ‘B’ revealed that damn near all 12 of the jurors originally voted unanimously that they believed Cosby was innocent (11 out of 12 of them to be exact). But somewhere along the way, things changed (not sure why). That, according to ABC News’ chief legal affairs news anchor, Dan Abrams, is something that you almost never see with high profiled cases.
Andrea Constand Anticipating 2nd Trial
On the flip side, Andrea Constand’s lawyer says she is ready to face Cosby in court for a second time:
Via Channel24: “She will be absolutely ready,” said Dolores Troiani, Constand’s lawyer. “She wants to see justice done and she wants to see this through. She was in the courtroom (after the deadlock) comforting everyone else.”
And there ya’ have it family. This should be one interesting retrial.
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