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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Bill Cosby Drops Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser


    On Thursday, Cosby voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand and her attorneys. The entertainer sued them for allegedly breaching the confidentiality provision of a 2006 settlement agreement. On July 18, a judge partially rejected a motion to dismiss.

    According to a statement put out by Cosby's attorney Angela Argusa, "With a court validation of his ability to proceed forward in that action to protect his own rights, Mr. Cosby has today stepped away from that suit and will instead focus his efforts on defending himself against the claims that have been lodged against him."

    As a result of the move, the parent company of National Enquirer also escapes claims of breaching contract over articles published about Constand's allegations and Cosby's deposition.

    The criminal case against Cosby for allegedly sexually assaulting Constand back in 2004 continues.
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    jessica testa ‏@jtes 2 minutes ago
    Prosecutors in Cosby case want to present 13 alleged prior incidents in the trial. (They had 50 to choose from.)

    Steven Zeitchik ‏@ZeitchikLAT 1 minute ago
    The prosecution has filed a motion for 13 alleged #BillCosby victims to testify in the Andrea Constand trial.

    Steven Zeitchik ‏@ZeitchikLAT 1 minute ago
    None of the 13 have been named yet. Future hearing will decide how many -- if any -- can testify.

    Laura McCrystal ‏@LMcCrystal 59 seconds ago
    Today the judge did hear arguments about use of recorded phone call in Bill Cosby's trial.
    After a break, we'll hear the call.
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    jessica testa ‏@jtes 58 minutes ago
    Bill Cosby's trial date has been set for June 5, 2017.

    jessica testa ‏@jtes 57 minutes ago
    The court wanted the trial to be in the February-April range, but Cosby's attorney is "extraordinarily over-scheduled," the judge said.

    Steven Zeitchik ‏@ZeitchikLAT 49 minutes ago
    Trial date of June 5 set for Cosby, though judge said it could well begin earlier .

    Steven Zeitchik ‏@ZeitchikLAT 28 minutes ago
    Cosby prosecutor tells reporters all 13 women are willing to testify; does not say whether remaining 47 were not chosen or not willing.

    Laura McCrystal ‏@LMcCrystal 32 minutes ago
    Cosby exits court. His lawyer: "The time has come to shine a spotlight on the trampling of Mr. Cosby's civil rights."
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    "The time has come to shine a spotlight on the trampling of Mr. Cosby's civil rights."

    pfft! the nerve!
    Cosby admitted he drugged a woman.
    Civil rights my ass
  5. As embattled comedy legend Bill Cosby enters the legal fight of his life, his attorneys have begun to invoke the concept of "racial bias" playing a role in the case being made against him.

    The 79-year-old actor is scheduled to go on trial next summer for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, then an employee of his alma mater Temple University, in his home in 2004. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing in the case — which he had previously settled in 2006 — and has maintained that their encounter was consensual.
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    Prosecutors Seek To Use Decades Of Bill Cosby's Lewd Comments Against Him

    Bill Cosby's defense team seeks to stop the prosecution from using his past public comments, suggesting sexual assault, in the coming trial.

    Cosby on seducing women: 'They need chemicals'


    As a 13-year-old boy, Bill Cosby secretly sprinkled what he thought was an aphrodisiac on girls' cookies. He wrote about it in a memoir and later joked about it on The Larry King Show. And he testified in 2005 that he had obtained Quaaludes to give to seduce young women.

    "They're never in the mood for us. ... They need chemicals," Cosby told his friends, he wrote in Childhood, his 1991 book.

    Now, prosecutors want those references to drugging females shared with jurors at the entertainer's sex-assault trial in June.

    Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele cited the examples Thursday as he asked a judge to allow them as evidence at the trial. Steele's filing comes two days after Cosby's lawyers sought to exclude Cosby's decade-old testimony about Quaaludes and other women.

    A chapter of his book, called "Or Maybe It's a Spanish Flea," recounts the tale of attempting to secretly sprinkle a chemical on cookies to give to girls at a party when they were 13. The drug: "Spanish Fly, an aphrodisiac so potent that it could have made Lena Horne surrender to Fat Albert," Cosby wrote.

    "My style perhaps could have been smoother, but this, after all, was the first aphrodisiac I had ever pushed," he recalled.

    Cosby suggested the drug was perhaps his only chance with the girls.

    "I understood sex, but I was still too short and thin to expect that any girl, no matter how much she liked my smile, would ever surrender to me anything more than her rotating shoulder blades," he wrote.

    Prosecutors said the book, alongside the 2005 deposition testimony about Quaaludes, proves Cosby's knowledge of date-rape drugs.

    "These excerpts also suggest that he had a willingness and motive to push 'chemicals' to obtain sex from the otherwise unwilling victim," Steele wrote.

    Prosecutors also cited Cosby's reference to Spanish Fly in a 1991 interview with Larry King, when he called it something that every boy "from age 11 on up to death ... will still be searching for," according to a transcript of the interview.

    "It don't make a difference, and the girl would drink it and ... ?" Cosby said to King.

    "And she's yours," King responded.

    "Hello, America!" Cosby replied.

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    Jesus so he had the same pathology when he was a kid. He became rich so he could get away with it.
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    Bill Cosby's Insurance Company Will Foot the Bill in Sexual Assault Cases | TMZ

    Bill Cosby just protected his pocketbook in a big way, after his insurance company agreed to foot the bill in 3 of his sexual assault cases.

    Cosby's insurance company, AIG, had initially said it would not pay his costs or any civil judgment, on grounds the policy excluded "sexual molestation, misconduct or harassment."

    A judge ruled AIG did indeed have a duty to defend Cosby, which apparently triggered the settlement. The insurance company has agreed to cover his costs in civil cases filed by 3 women -- Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz.

    AIG agreed to reimburse Cosby $675,000 for attorneys fees and costs he's already incurred, and it appears they will cover future costs as well.

    As for AIG's obligation to pay any judgment the women may eventually get against Cosby, it appears that issue will have to wait until a jury actually rules against the comedian.

  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Supreme Court shoots down latest Cosby appeal


    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to take up Bill Cosby’s appeal challenging a judge’s decision earlier this year to spare his accuser from testifying until his sexual assault trial in June.

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    Jury selection for Bill Cosby's trial to begin May 22


    Jury selection for Bill Cosby's sexual-assault trial will begin May 22 in Pittsburgh, a Montgomery County judge ruled Tuesday.

    The entertainer's trial is still scheduled to begin June 5 in Norristown. Jurors selected from Allegheny County will be transported to Montgomery County and sequestered during the trial.

    Judge Steven T. O'Neill has said he plans to screen about 125 jurors per day. The judge denied a request from prosecutors to send questionnaires to as many as 2,000 potential jurors before they report to court.

    O'Neill said lawyers on both sides can submit questions to ask potential jurors. Six alternates will be selected to sit through the trial in addition to 12 jurors.

    Cosby, 79, is charged with aggravated indecent assault. Prosecutors say he drugged and molested former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in Cheltenham in 2004.

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    Cosby accuser calm and focused as trial nears, friends say | The Associated Press


    When Andrea Constand takes the stand in the coming days to break her decade-long silence about Bill Cosby, jurors will hear from a free spirit who devotes her life to family, her French poodle, and her work treating cancer patients and others as a massage therapist.

    Constand will be the star witness when the comedian dubbed America’s Dad goes on trial Monday in suburban Philadelphia on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted her. Cosby, 79, could get 10 years in prison if convicted.

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    Bill Cosby's Rape Trial Is About To Start And This Is Everything You Need To Know | BuzzFeed

    Cosby Case: Pretrial Rulings Decided What Jury Will and Won't Hear | NBC News
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    Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial: Prosecutor Says Comic Exploited 'Power,' 'Fame'

    By Tracy Connor, NBC News


    Bill Cosby's trial opened Monday with a prosecutor portraying the comedian as a man who used fame and drugs to sexually assault women and his lawyer branding accuser Andrea Constand a liar.

    "Trust. Betrayal. And an inability to consent. That's what this case is about, ladies and gentlemen," Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden told the Pennsylvania jury of seven men and five women, her voice dripping with contempt at times.

    "This is a case about a man — this man — who used his power and his fame and his previously practiced method of placing a young trusting woman in an incapacitated state so he could sexually pleasure herself, so she couldn't say no," Feden said.


    The prosecutor said Cosby's own words would show that he gave Constand three pills — he says they were Benadryl, but prosecutors said they could be Quaaludes — that he knew would intoxicate her.

    "The last words she remembers is, 'I'm going to let you relax,'" Feden said. "And then as she went in and out of consciousness, she witnessed her body being used to sexually gratify the defendant. Because she was in that incapacitated state, she couldn't consent."

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    Kelly Johnson testifies Cosby drugged and assaulted her | Daily Mail Online

    Bill Cosby Trial: Ex-William Morris Staffer Details Assault On Witness Stand | Deadline

    Bill Cosby trial: first witness says actor drugged and sexually assaulted her | The Guardian

    Cosby Trial: First Witness Kelly Johnson Tells Tearful Story on Stand | NBC News
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    Bill Cosby Rape Trial Gets Marty Singer Cameo As Accuser’s Testimony Continues | Deadline


    Marty Singer may no longer be Bill Cosby’s attorney, but the Hollywood legal heavyweight made an appearance today of sorts at the Norristown, PA criminal trial. On Day 2 of Cosby’s trial for the alleged rape of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004, a trio of telephone calls and messages played for the seven-man and five-woman jury Tuesday during Constand’s testimony included one from the self-described “passionate” lawyer Singer.

    In the recording of a message left in early 2005 at the Toronto-area home of Constand’s parents, Singer was heard identifying himself as a representative of Cosby’s. Asking to have his message returned, an upbeat Singer could be heard wanting to discuss an “educational fund for Andrea.” The call by Singer, who parted ways with Cosby in 2015, was received about a year after the alleged drugging and assault occurred in the actor’s Philadelphia home. A transcript of the call was also entered into the case record.

    The court hearing the calls came after a morning that saw Constand’s highly detailed and emotional retelling of the alleged sexual assault. The bulk the rest of her testimony this afternoon to Montgomery County Deputy D.A. Kristen Feden addressed how Constand revealed the assault to her mother.

    “I told her that Mr. Cosby had sexually violated me and had given me pills,” Andrea Constand said today of what she revealed to her mother in early 2005. “It’s wrong and I don’t want him to do this to another person,” she added, part of a bad dream that prompted her to make the admission to her mother in Canada months after the event in question.

    Accused of three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault, the 79-year-old Cosby could face up to 10 years behind bars if found guilty.

    Taking the stand this afternoon and facing her alleged attacker for the first time face to face in more than 12 years, Constand also said that Cosby apologized to her in a January 2005 phone call that her mother instigated. There were also discussions about some sort of compensation. Specifically, as Singer’s call implies, that compensation would take the form of support by Cosby for Constand to go to graduate school.

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    Jury may soon hear from Cosby, even if he doesn't take stand | The Associated Press


    A jury that heard seven hours of testimony from a woman who says Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her may soon hear from Cosby himself — even if he doesn’t take the stand.

    Prosecutors are expected to show jurors an earlier deposition in which Cosby said that he routinely gave women pills and alcohol before sexual encounters and gave at least one of them quaaludes, a now-banned sedative.

    The suburban Philadelphia jury on Wednesday heard trial accuser Andrea Constand offer her most direct denial yet that any of their earlier meetings were romantic.

    “It wasn’t a romantic time, no,” Constand, 44, of Toronto, said of an earlier fireside dinner with Cosby, a trustee at Temple University, where she directed the women’s basketball team.

    The jury also heard Cosby’s voice on a 2006 telephone call, offering Constand money for graduate school after her mother called to confront him about the encounter at his home a year earlier.

    “She could go to school,” he said. “If she wanted to do that, then I would be willing to ... pay for the schooling.”

    Cosby, now 79, acknowledges in the deposition from Constand’s related lawsuit that he gave her three blue pills before fondling her breast and penetrating her with his fingers. The only question for the jury is how to interpret the encounter. Prosecutors say she was too impaired to give consent.

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    Cop Who Investigated Bill Cosby Sasses the Shit Out of Cosby’s Defense Lawyer From the Stand

    By Diana Moskovitz, Jezebel


    “That’s his version, sir.”

    My breath stopped when Cheltenham Township Police Sgt. Richard Schaffer said those words. I might have even gasped. Then I rushed to furiously type them down because typing them made it real, a record that I had actually seen what happened — a sworn member of law enforcement defending a woman’s account of the night she says she was sexually assaulted. And this was not something Schaffer did passively, or only with a bare minimum of “yes, sir”s. At times, he got downright sassy with defense lawyer Brian McMonagle, even drawing laughs from the gallery.

    It was Schaffer who, back in 2005, was part of the team investigating the report from Andrea Constand that she had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. He was called to testify by prosecutors and went over his investigation with them, including reading word for word the transcript of the police interview done then with Cosby with his lawyers in New York City. It was the cool, measured testimony that police are expected to deliver. And then, as trials work, he was cross-examined by the defense.

    There were multiple times when, if he wanted, Schaffer could have just said “yes, sir” to McMonagle. But he didn’t. Like when McMonagle asked him to confirm that Constand had made a change to her statement to police. His response was reminding McMonagle that people are allowed to make changes to their statements, punctuated by, “They are allowed to, sir.”

    Or when McMonagle went over the part of the police interview where Cosby gave his account. He went over each line, after it was correct. Again, Schaffer didn’t deliver the expected, “Yes, sir.”

    “He was a gentleman, sir,” he said, eliciting a few chuckles from press row.

    McMonagle read back another section.

    “Again, he was a real gentleman, sir.”

    Seeming to realize what was up, the lawyer pointed out, “He doesn’t say that here, does he?”

    “No,” Schaffer responded. “That was me, sir.”

    The gentleman jabs were over, but Schaffer didn’t quit just yet. At the end of another passage, Schaffer responded with, “You read it perfectly, sir.”

    It was after this cross-examination, during more questions from assistant district attorney Stewart Ryan, that Schaffer was asked again about Cosby’s account, and whether it was what Cosby had told police. Once again, all Schaffer had to do was say, “Yes, sir.”

    “That’s his version sir.”

    McMonagle, though, was not done. He got a second chance to question Schaffer and he was out to get something, a callback to his opening statements — the idea that this was just a “he said, she said” case. First, he brought up a time that Constand said she had gone to Cosby’s place and sat by the fire. He described it as a “romantic” fireside dinner.

    Schaffer shot back, “I think you’re characterizing her words.”

    So McMonagle had to go back and read from the Cosby interview with police, word for word. It did include the fireside and drinking brandy, but it didn’t include the word “romantic.” Schaffer now told McMonagle, “You read it correctly.”

    But McMonagle wasn’t done. He also wanted to backtrack to the time that Constand said Cosby had tried to reach inside her pants. McMonagle said that Constand had described it as Cosby touching her private parts. Schaffer said, no, he didn’t think she had said that. The two went back and forth over who said what, with Schaffer at one point talking over McMonagle and the defense lawyer shooting back “I’m not done!” It ended when the prosecutors objected, and the judge sustained it.

    They moved on to another line of questions, but the battle continued. McMonagle kept asking questions that, if he had just said yes, would have had Schaffer saying Constand took the pills that night of her own free will. Schaffer wouldn’t budge. He asked if the pill taking was voluntary. Schaffer’s response was that it was “under the guise that she was taking herbal pills.”

    “Under the guise?” McMongale asked.

    “That’s what she said,” Schaffer replied.

    Now McMonagle had what he wanted. He asked another question about if that was what Constand believed, and Schaffer answered that he was “going by what both people are telling me and trying to marry it up.”

    McMonagle’s responded, “He said, she said, correct?”

    Schaffer, “Yes.”

    McMonagle asked one more question, basically reminding jurors that the prior district attorney had closed the case with no charges, and he was done. He had what he wanted. But it wasn’t for lack of fight from Schaffer. I have no accurate measure of how often or how rarely a member of law enforcement vigorously defends a woman’s point of view on the stand; I can only say that, in my experience, it hasn’t happened much. In a world where it’s still routine to hear that a untold numbers of rape kits have never been tested, that police departments will downgrade sexual assault cases, and that police officers are convicted of raping the people they are sworn to protect, it felt so important to, for once, see an officer do his best to avoid a defense lawyers attempts to sleaze a woman and avoid — as best he could — the “that’s just her version” account.

    No, instead, he pointed out that what Cosby said was just his version. It’s not a fact, just something a man said. Imagine that.

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    Bill Cosby May Testify At Rape Trial After All

    By Dominic Patten, Deadline


    After days of sitting in court listening to his accuser and other witnesses give impugning testimony in the criminal trial over his alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand, Bill Cosby is thinking of taking the stand in his own defense, I’ve learned.

    The potentially dramatic change in tactics for Cosby and his defense team comes after previous assertions by the 79-year-old actor that he would not testify in the trial that just wrapped its fourth day in a Norristown, PA courtroom. While there were discussions behind closed doors earlier today that Cosby could be sworn in and questioned Friday, the actor’s team is now holding off to see how things go in front of Judge Steven O’Neill tomorrow and early next week.

    On Thursday afternoon during a break in the proceedings, The Cosby Show creator’s PR rep Andrew Wyatt told Deadline that his client was in a “good mood” about the trial. If found guilty by the jury of seven men and five women for three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault, the actor could face more than 10 years behind bars.

    Cosby’s team did not respond to request for comment on his potential testimony.


    Originally set to last at least two weeks, the trial now looks ahead of schedule and could wrap mid-next week.

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    Bill Cosby admitted he STOCKPILED Quaaludes with the sole intention of giving them to 'young women he intended to have sexual contact with' | Daily Mail
    • Cosby admitted to giving Quualudes to Therese Serignese, a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her after one of his shows in Las Vegas
    • The comedian claimed he gave Serignese the pills with her consent
    • He revealed he stockpiled the drugs and viewed offering the pills like offering 'a drink' - but never intended to take them himself
    • This morning, Judge Steven O'Neill denied Cosby's attorneys' attempt to have the case against him thrown out of court
    • The defense argued that expert testimony from a forensic and clinical psychologist was 'telling the jury that the defendant is guilty'
    • Veronique Valliere told the jury that victims often remain in contact with their assaulter especially when there is a pre-existing relationship of trust
    • Excerpts from a 2005 - 2006 deposition read in court today revealed Cosby claimed to have given Andrea an over-the-counter medicine, Benadryl
    • Cosby said he apologized because he was a 'dirty old man with a young girl'

    Prosecutors Rest Case Against Bill Cosby | NBC Southern California
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    Bill Cosby's defense rests without hearing from famed comedian | CNN


    Bill Cosby declined to testify in his criminal indecent assault trial on Monday, and his defense rested after calling just one repeat witness for further questioning.


    The defense only called up police detective Richard Schaffer, who also testified for the prosecution, for brief questioning.

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    Toast. He is toast.
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    The Entire Bill Cosby Defense Closing Statement Was Essentially 'She's a Liar Who Wanted It'

    By Diana Moskovitz, Jezebel


    Finally, it came. The big, bombastic, “She’s a liar!” defense that’s always expected in the criminal defense of a sexual assault case, even one involving Bill Cosby. Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle delivered it with the drama, passion, and yelling he seemed to be holding back throughout the trial so far. On Monday, he let it all go.

    Instead of putting up any defense, McMonagle called one witness, Cheltenham Township Police Sgt. Richard Schaffer. He talked to Schaffer for 10 minutes, using him to just get another police document entered into evidence. After that, the defense rested and then actually presented their argument, which essentially amounted to: Everything the prosecution just showed you is crap. Now, please, believe us instead.

    While the defense witness took just 10 minutes, closing statements took close to an hour and a half. It hit every mark in the “don’t believe this woman” playbook: Didn’t she see all the romantic signals? She wasn’t acting raped. She’s a liar. And this is all the fault of the media and lawyers like Gloria Allred.

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    Margaret Gibbons‏ @peggibbons 59 minutes ago
    #cosbytrial jurors have been deliberating almost 3 hours; dinner brought into them

    Graham Bowley @Graham_Bowley 58 minutes ago
    After 1 hour of deliberation, Bill Cosby jury has first question. What was context when he called pills he gave Andrea Constand “3 friends?”

    Graham Bowley‏ @Graham_Bowley 46 minutes ago
    Judge O’Neill reads for jury from Mr. Cosby’s deposition in 2005 civil case. “I have 3 friends for you to make you relax,” Cosby had said.

    Claudia Rosenbaum @CJRosenbaum 16 minutes ago
    Jurors, attorneys, and media peeps have been in this courthouse now for almost 12 hours today. Everyone is looking exhausted.

    Graham Bowley‏ @Graham_Bowley 17 minutes ago
    Barbara Bowman, another of the many women who have accused Bill Cosby arrives at the courthouse in Norristown. At least three others here.

    Anne Kingston‏ @anne_kingston 14 minutes ago
    Judge has put no time limit on jury deliberation -- yet. So could be late one

    Graham Bowley‏ @Graham_Bowley 8 minutes ago
    Inside the courthouse, reporters sitting around in the hallways, waiting. Jury has been deliberating for only little over three hours.

    Manuel Roig-Franzia‏ @RoigFranzia 4 minutes ago
    For those keeping score at home, we're closing in on 3 1/2-hour mark in Bill Cosby jury delibs. No word since they asked for more pill info
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    Emily Saul‏ @EmilySaul 1 minute ago
    Jurors in #CosbyTrial call it quits Tuesday, having deliberated for 16 hours and 30 minutes in total. Back tomorrow.

    Manuel Roig-Franzia @RoigFranzia 1 minute ago
    Bill Cosby jurors tell court staff they're "exhausted." Heading home after 12-hour day of deliberations with no verdict.
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    Cosby jury announces it’s deadlocked

    By Emily Saul and Lia Eustachewich, Page Six


    The jury deliberating in Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial is deadlocked, they told a judge Thursday.

    The jury of seven men and five women passed a note to Montgomery County Judge Steve O’Neill at 11:06 a.m. saying they were unable to reach a verdict after about 32 hours of deliberations over the past four days.

    “We cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts,” the note said.

    O’Neill sent the jurors back to continue deliberating.

    “Each of you has a duty to consult with each other to reach a conclusion, if it can be done without violence,” O’Neill joked. “If, after re-deliberation, you are still deadlocked, you should report that to me.”

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    Jurors question ‘reasonable doubt’ ahead of Cosby verdict

    By Emily Saul, Page Six


    Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial asked for a definition of “reasonable doubt” and said they want to hear — for the third time — a deposition the comedian gave as deliberations entered their fifth day Friday.

    The jury of seven men and five women sent in their eighth note to Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill at 9:11 a.m.

    “We would like to hear the testimony of Bill Cosby, of the sealed testimony that was opened. Also what is reasonable doubt? (the definition),” the note said.

    Before bringing in the jury, the judge addressed the 79-year-old himself related to his spokesman’s call for a mistrial in the case.

    “Mr. Cosby, the court’s gong to treat you as continuing to be under oath in that you were placed under oath at the beginning of the process, at which times I advised you there would be certain procedures,” O’Neill said to Cosby, who leaned forward, his hands clasped, listening attentively.

    “And you have a spokesperson who is also speaking to the media about what a mistrial is, what its impact is, what it means, would make sure you understand the decision,” the jurist continued. “The decision is yours and yours alone and has important consequences.”

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    Manuel Roig-Franzia‏ @RoigFranzia 44 seconds ago
    For those keeping score at home, Bill Cosby jury deliberations just hit 51-hour mark.
    I had to step over a napping reporter to get into court.

    50 hours and counting: Prosecution of Bill Cosby could be on the brink of collapse as the jury remain locked in deliberations with no word of an imminent verdict
    • Five days into deliberations, after informing the judge they were deadlocked on Thursday, members had even more questions for the judge on Friday
    • The jurors asked the judge to clarify the definition of 'reasonable doubt' and requested Bill Cosby's testimony to be re-read
    • They heard his admission to having given Quaaludes to Therese Serignese, who was in court with other accusers
    • Cosby's lead attorney Brian McMonagle asked for a mistrial claiming the 40 plus hours of deliberation was 'extreme'
    • Bill Cosby smiled and greeted fans as he walked into Montgomery County Courthouse Friday
    • Audible sighs were heard from jury members Thursday as they were told by Judge O'Neill they had to return to the jury room and continue deliberations
    • The jurors in the case are sequestered and have been deliberating since Monday afternoon
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    Claudia Rosenbaum‏ @CJRosenbaum 6 seconds ago
    Jury DEADLOCKED on all charges

    Sara Small‏ @SaraSmallTV 34 seconds ago
    BREAKING from #CosbyTrial courtroom: Jury says it remains deadlocked on all counts.

    Sara Small‏ @SaraSmallTV 1 minute ago
    RIGHT NOW: Judge is asking jurors individually if they believe they are "hopelessly deadlocked" and cannot deliberate further. All 12 agree.

    Bobby Allyn‏ @BobbyAllyn 38 seconds ago
    Jurors #CosbyTrial announce to judge that they are "hopelessly deadlocked," which is the second time they told court they are at an impasse.

    Montgomery County DA‏ @MontcopaDA 1 minute ago
    The Cosby jury is hopelessly deadlocked after 52 hours of deliberation. Judge O'Neill is compelled to grant a mistrial.
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    At least most of his money got chewed up and he is boo-ed in public. That's something.
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    I believe Bill Cosby

    It’s time to start believing men who say they drug or sexually assault women.

    By Laura McGann, Vox


    Bill Cosby, let me say this: I believe you.

    I believe you when you say in a 2005 deposition that “yes” you give women Quaaludes.

    I believe you when you say you knew it was illegal to get the prescriptions. (I also believe that the gynecologist who gave them to you knew you really shouldn’t be his patient in the first place.)

    I believe you when you describe your version of what consent means, one that isn’t so much based on “yes.”

    “I don’t hear her say anything,” you say during the deposition, describing your encounter with the plaintiff. “I don’t feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into that area between permission and rejection. I am not stopped.”

    I believe you when you say that you’ve done this many many times, giving young, slim women strong sedatives before these encounters.

    I believe you when you say you first started to think the idea of drugging and sexually assaulting women was funny when you were 13 years old. You’d heard about a mythical drug “Spanish Fly” that could make women do things they didn’t want to do.

    I believe you when you said decades later you still thought it was funny, so funny you that you included it in your comedy routine.

    “Go to a party and see five girls standing alone, boy if I had a whole jug of Spanish Fly I’d light that corner up over there. Hahahah,” you joked in 1969 about your younger days. You made the same joke for years and years after.

    A jury couldn’t [unanimously] decide this week if you were guilty of three charges of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, who you settled a civil case with in 2006. That case involved an incident at your house where she said you tricked her into taking pills that left her dipping in and out of consciousness, while you assaulted her. This incident is the reason you sat for a deposition in 2005.

    I believe you made a good decision when you decided it was best to settle that civil case with Constand. It wasn’t frivolous.

    There are many people who don’t take you at your word, like I do. And to those people, I say, you don’t have to just take Cosby’s word for it. Here are 35 women who told New York Magazine about their own experiences with him. They use different words, but they paint a similar picture of strong sedatives and a man who doesn’t look for an affirmative yes. You don’t have to believe Cosby, you can chose to believe these women instead.

    And, look, Cosby, it’s not just you. There’s an epidemic in this country of not believing men.

    Take Brock Allen Turner, a swimmer at Stanford who was sentenced to just six months in jail after two bystanders caught him violently attacking an unconscious woman behind a dumpster.

    I believe Turner when he testified in court that he laughed as the two men restrained him waiting for the police to arrive. Turner said he laughed because he found the situation “ridiculous.”

    Or look at our president. When a tape surfaced last year of him joking at length about how he likes to treat women, I believed him. Here’s the full transcript. Here’s a key passage:

    “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump says on tape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

    “Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

    A lot of people rushed to say that Trump was lying -- it was all a bunch of “locker room talk.” Trump himself even tried to push that line, that we shouldn’t believe him. But I still do.

    It’s understandable to see why some people would not think Trump was being honest, given his track record with the truth. But luckily for Trump, just like Cosby, there are many women who are backing up his first version. They say he’s done these very things to them. They’ve come forward and said so. He’s got credible people to support his original version. Here’s a timeline of the details.

    This trend is deeply troubling. Even in the face of clear statements and corroborating evidence, we so often just don’t believe men when they say sexual assault is funny or when they say they do it.

    It’s time for us to start believing men.

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    Cosby Prosecution to Retry 'As Soon As Possible' | Associated Press

    Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steel held a press conference Saturday morning following the announcement of a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case. He says they will retry 'as soon as possible.'

    Prosecutors vow to retry Cosby | Page Six
  38. As far as the court of public opinion is concerned, Bill Cosby’s guilt was all but decided in late 2014, when the floodgates opened and women’s stories began pouring out on what felt like a near-daily basis. And it felt like, for the first time, people were listening.
    Of course, this was before the country had collectively propped up a man who bragged about grabbing women’s pussies without consent to our highest office. It was before more than 15 women had publicly accused a candidate for President of the United States of sexual assault with little to no tangible impact on his support.
    In the cases of both Cosby and Trump, we’re reminded that women are viewed as unreliable narrators of their own experiences, and that powerful men who are accused of perpetrating sexual violence ― even by more than a dozen women ― are assumed to be victims.
  39. White Tara Global Moderator

    I may have been somewhat content with that, had the piece of shit not grinned during the event testimony of Constand, and again when it was reread for the jury. :mad:
  40. The Wrong Guy Member

    Bill Cosby plans ‘town halls’ on avoiding sexual assault accusations, his publicists claim

    By Katie Mettler, The Washington Post


    Just days after a judge declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, his publicists have revealed what he plans to do next — a national tour educating young people on sexual assault — specifically, on how to avoid getting accused of sexual assault.

    “Mr. Cosby wants to get back to work,” spokesman Andrew Wyatt told an Alabama TV anchor Wednesday morning. “We are now planning town halls.”

    “Really?” responded the WBRC Fox 6 News anchor in Birmingham.

    There was a hint of skepticism in the anchor’s voice, which ballooned into full incredulousness from women’s groups and victims’ advocates Thursday when news of Cosby’s plans began to spread.

    “It would be more useful if Mr. Cosby would spend time talking with people about how not to commit sexual assault in the first place,” Jodi Omear, vice president of communications for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) told Newsweek.

    As Wyatt explained it, these town halls will educate young people and married men on the law and the dangers they face from accusations of sexual assault.

    “This is bigger than Bill Cosby,” Wyatt told the anchor. “This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing.”

    “And it also affects married men,” he added.

    Wyatt was joined on the morning show by Ebonee Benson, who works at his publicity firm, Purpose PR, and spoke for Cosby’s wife during the trial. When the TV host pushed back on the agenda for the town halls, asking whether it was a “ ‘do as I say, not as I do’ situation,” Benson put the issue in legal terms.

    “Laws are changing,” she said. “The statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended, so this is why people need to be educated on a brush against a shoulder, anything at this point can be considered sexual assault. It’s a good thing to be educated about the laws.”

    The element of time was a major factor in Cosby’s trial, which ended with the jury deadlocked on sexual assault charges against Cosby. The former comedian, 79, has been accused by some 60 women of sexual misconduct. The allegations stretch back decades and have sullied Cosby’s reputation as “America’s Dad.”

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