Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial to begin this fall

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Bill Cosby will face yet another day in court, as his sexual assault retrial is set to begin as soon as this fall.

On Thursday, a judge announced that the comedian will reappear in court beginning November 6.

In June, a Pennsylvania judge granted a mistrial after deliberations ended with a hung jury. The panel reportedly deliberated for 52 hours before telling the judge they were “hopelessly deadlocked.”

“You’ve worked so hard,” the judge told the jury of seven men and five women at the time. “I’m compelled to declare a mistrial. It is neither a vindication or a victory. This was the justice system.”

It was later revealed that only two jurors prevented a guilty verdict in Cosby’s six-day trial. The 79-year-old actor is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, mansion in January 2004. While Cosby, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, insisted that their sexual contact was consensual, Constand, who is gay, said it was not.

After the mistrial announcement, District Attorney Kevin Steele called Andrea “courageous” for coming forward and vowed to retry Cosby.

“She is a positive person and has kept all of us going while waiting for the jury to come back,” he told reporters. “She will continue to cooperate with us and I look forward to her getting a verdict in this case.”

Meanwhile, Cosby’s wife Camille slammed the prosecution and judge over the ruling. “How do I describe the district attorney? Heinously and exploitatively ambitious,” she said in a statement. “How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical.”

She continued, “Historically, people have challenged injustices. I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence; which is the rightful way to make a sound decision…ultimately, that is a manifestation of justice, based on facts, not lies.”

Throughout the trial, Cosby has maintained his innocence.

R. Hawkins
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