After the jury of seven men and five women couldn’t get it together to reach a consensus, Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial Saturday morning in the case against Bill Cosby. The formerly beloved funny man, had been on trial for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand, 44, a former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said in court that he planned to retry the case. In addition, Gloria Allred, who represents several of the 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, warned the entertainer that ‘round two may be just around the corner’
“We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity ― but justice will come,” she said. “It’s too early to celebrate, Mr. Cosby. Round two may be just around the corner. This time justice may prevail.”
The actor’s wife, Camille Cosby, issued her own statement, attacking the Judge and prosecution as being ‘exploitive’ and ‘arrogant.’
The man is 79 years old. Justice should have been delivered years ago. At the height of his fame, I suppose he was just too powerful. Younger people might not understand just how huge Cosby was in his day. He was the biggest star on television. If his actions had come to light back then it would have been a scandal of unprecedented proportions. As I’ve said, I believe the charges against him for personal reasons. At this point, however, the only good that has come out of this has been an increased awareness on the topic of rape and perhaps an inspiration for more victims to report these attacks when they occur. No one is above the law. Though Cosby may avoid jail time, his legacy has been effectively obliterated…perhaps that’s justice enough? Ultimately, it may have to be.