Actor Bill Cosby must be feeling vindicated. The judge looking after the trial of comedian and broadcaster Bill Cosby declared a mistrial in the only sexual assault allegation against Cosby to go to trial. While this is certainly a good news for Bill Cosby, he must be feeling a lot annoyed as the lead prosecutor has demanded a retrial because he says accuser Andrea Constand “is entitled to a verdict.”
This is one of the very few cases that end up being called mistrial. When on the last day of the trial, the judge asked the jurors what was the decision, people thought that they would finally hear a verdict. But apparently this was not the case. When the judge asked, “Do you believe there’s a hopeless deadlock that cannot be resolved by further deliberation?” each said yes. The judge then declared a mistrial.
Cosby, one of the most respected comedians and one of the biggest names in television in the US has faced as many as 40 allegations from a number of women who claim that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them. The mistrial was seen by some online as a sign of how difficult it is for an accuser to find justice in sexual assault cases, especially those involving a celebrity.
The 79-year old comedian, using the Fat Albert character developed during his stand-up routines, Cosby created, produced, and hosted the animated comedy television series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a show that ran from 1972 to 1985, centering on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area. Throughout the 1970s, Cosby starred in a number of films, and he occasionally returned to film later in his career. He attended Temple University in the 1960s and received his bachelor’s degree there in 1971. In 1973, he received a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and in 1976, he earned his Doctor of Education degree, also from UMass. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.
But this is not all. Beginning in the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in a television sitcom, The Cosby Show, which aired from 1984 to 1992 and was rated as the number one show in America for five years, 1984 through 1989. The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. Cosby produced the Cosby Show spin-off sitcom A Different World, which aired from 1987 to 1993, starred in The Cosby Mysteries from 1994 to 1995, starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000; and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons, from 1998 to 2000.
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The best thing for the comedian is the support that he is getting from his wife of 53-years. Camille Cosby, attacked the judge, media and prosecutors in a statement released to the media. In it, she called Steele “heinously and exploitively ambitious,” the news media vicious, the judge a collaborator, and Constand’s attorneys unethical.
Montgomery County District Attorney, Kevin Steele, announced that he will retry Cosby. “We will push forward to try and get justice done,” Steele said during a press conference after the mistrial. “We hope that moving forward in this case sends a strong message that victims of these types of crimes can come forward and can be heard on what has happened to them.”