Cosby Lawyer: Next Time, We'll Get an Acquittal

Judge says trial No. 2 could start within months
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2017 12:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – Though it’s only been two days since a judge declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case of Bill Cosby, the comedian’s criminal defense attorney is already expressing confidence that his client will be acquitted if he's tried again. "[W]e have a wonderful criminal justice system in this country,” Brian McMonagle told ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday. “Trust it, believe in it, and I’m confident that if this case is retried, he’ll be acquitted.” On Saturday, after six days in the courtroom followed by 52 hours of deliberation, the seven men and five women of the jury in Norristown, Pa., were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby, forcing Judge Steven T. O'Neill to declare a mistrial.

Prosecutors have declared their intent to bring a new case against Cosby, and O’Neill has said the second case could begin within months, reports the New York Times. The prosecution will likely spend much of that time filing motions to allow the testimony of 13 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, establishing a pattern that would likely bolster the case of their client, Andrea Constand, who accused Cosby of assaulting her in 2004. Both sides would also benefit from knowing why the jury deadlocked on a decision in the first trial, but so far none of the 12 members has spoken on the record, though the Washington Post reports that one of the alternate members told a Pittsburgh radio station on Monday that if he had sat on the jury, he “would have voted to convict.” (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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