Bill Cosby Guilty: Former Prosecutor Explains Why Sexual Assault Retrial Turned Out Differently
After 14 hours of deliberations, the jury decided Cosby was guilty of felony aggravated indecent assault after Andrea Constand testified that Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.
Constand, 45, gave virtually the same account when she testified at Cosby’s first trial, which ended in a mistrial on June 17, 2017, after the jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days and still couldn’t reach a verdict.
Former assistant federal prosecutor Alex Little joined Shepard Smith to explain why this trial had a different outcome.
Little said a major difference was Judge Steven O'Neill's decision to allow prosecutors to have five additional accusers testify — including model Janice Dickinson — as they attempted to show Cosby made a habit of drugging and violating women.
The judge allowed just one other accuser to take the stand last year.
"In a case like this, where the defense is able to say, 'Oh gosh, she's making it up,' well, it's a lot harder to argue as a defense that all five women are making it up," Little explained.
He said this is a great example of the government using the rules of evidence to their advantage, and showing that Constand's story matches up with the allegations from Cosby's other accusers.
"The jury must have believed that," Little said.