Following Judge Steven O’Neill’s decision to declare a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sex assault case in Montgomery County Court Saturday, District Attorney Kevin Steele released a statement that he would seek to retry the comic icon.
Prominent Lansdale attorney, Marc Steinberg. says due to the length of the trial and deliberations, the Spencer charge was set in play by Judge O’Neill.
“Which instructs the jury to keep looking at the evidence and keep working hard and not to surrender their own beliefs and listen to each other. This jury seemed to take that very seriously and continued to work and look at evidence and try to make a determination but as they did before, they came back to the judge and said they were hopelessly deadlocked, the judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial.”
While Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele has promised to retry Cosby, Steinberg says it’s still several months away and anything can happen.
“I suspect there may be some forces at work to undermine that a little bit. It cost an awful lot of taxpayer money to bring that case to trial and there’s no saying that this next trial could end up as a hung jury again or an acquittal.”
Steinberg was a guest on WNPV’s AM Edition Monday morning.
The Jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before informing Judge O’Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked. Andrea Constand accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his Cheltenham Twonship home in 2004. Constand met Cosby at Temple Unversity when she was employed with the women’s basketball program.