Cosby "Dismissed"

June 21, 2017

 

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial concluded in a hung jury last Saturday, after six days of deliberations, one day of proceedings, and just one defense witness. To call the results surprising would be a bit of an understatement, especially after 50 women came forward with similar allegations—though only Andrea Constand’s made it to trial, because her accusations of drugging and molestation by Cosby hadn’t passed the statute of limitations—in recent years. That, and Cosby’s defense consisted mainly of insulting the plaintiff, which suggested his lawyers, Brian McGonagle and Angela Agrusa, hadn’t put together much of a strategy. Not so, says Agrusa, who talked to The Hollywood Reporterafter the deadlocked jury admitted it couldn’t reach a decision on the matter.

 

The lawyers also appeared to put a lot of stock into Cosby’s fame, as Agrusa tells THR: “He is a very charismatic man. He is a storyteller. We knew a jury would want to hear from him. We were always prepared to put him on the stand. We were still talking about this on the weekend before close.” And when the jury couldn’t come to an agreement on the verdict, they felt victorious, despite not getting quite the result they wanted. “We wanted an acquittal, but a mistrial or a deadlock is the same result as the group of jurors finding him not guilty,” Agrusa says, presumably with a straight face.

 

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