A mistrial was declared for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, after a “jury deadlock” for the second time. “I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory. A mistrial is merely the justice system at work.” the judge said.
A Pennsylvania judge, Steven O’Neill, has declared a mistrial Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, after the jury was “hopelessly deadlocked” for the second time. This particular case was for his alleged sexual assault against Andrea Constand.
O’Neill said: “I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory. A mistrial is merely the justice system at work.” Despite this, Cosby’s publicist said he viewed the mistrial as vindication and thought that it “restored” power to his client.
According to the prosecutors of the case, they will be retrying Cosby, who has infamously been accused of dozens of counts of using celebrity, drugs and wealth to sexually assault women. “We will get to do it again.” said Dolores Roiani, Constand’s lawyer.
Earlier this week, the jurors of five women and seven men had said they were in a deadlock over their decision and were repeatedly sent back to reconsider. However, the jurors still remained in what they called a “hopeless deadlock.”
Cosby’s wife had said in her statement: “How do I describe the District Attorney? Heinously and exploitevly ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney”.
His Alleged Victims
Andrea Constand is the only woman of dozens of women thus far who decided to take her sexual assault accusations against Cosby to court. Another victim, Linda Kirkapatrick, had said: “He thought he could bury us. He didn’t know we are seeds…. Uncovering the rape culture in this country.”
Victoria Valentino, another accuser, said she, as well as others, were “devastated” because of the mistrial.