CARBONDALE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Cosby mistrial decision has many people in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania talking. Some of these people grew up watching Bill Cosby. We spoke with his supporters and those who sympathize with the alleged victims. We also got an analysis of the trial and what could come from a local attorney.
Bill Cosby supporters welcomed today’s news of a mistrial.
“I don’t think he would do something like that. He’d be the first to help someone, but I don’t think he’d hurt them in anyway,” says Ann Marie Stook.
But there are those who sympathize with the alleged victims who accused the comedian of sexual misconduct. They are glad the prosecution is attempting to retry the case.
“Justice needs to be served in this case and it would be nice to have a verdict,” says Christine Jeske.
Carbondale attorney Bernie Brown has been following the Cosby trial. He says the hung jury surprised him. Brown thinks the defense will have the upper hand during a retrial.
“They know what’s coming, they know the evidence, they know the arguements,” says Brown.
Though dozens of women are rumored to have questionable encounters with Cosby, only Andrea Constand’s accusations led to criminal charges. A central issue in this case has been whether to allow more alleged victims to testify. Gloria Allred represents some of those women.
“I hope that the prosecution will try this case again and that the next time the court will permit more prior ‘bad act’ witnesses to testify as the prosecution had requested for this trial,” says Allred.
But Brown says that’s unlikely, unless Cosby takes the stand or..
“The prosecution shows such a similarity between one of the other plaintiffs and this victim,” says Brown.
The judge in this case says he would try to schedule a new trial within 120 days. But Brown says it’s still possible that the next group of jurors may not be able to reach a verdict.