Bill Cosby’s Retrial Begins in an Altered Atmosphere

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Bill Cosby is on trial for sexual assault – again.

The legendary comedian has been accused by at least 50 women of sexual misconduct including rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault and sexual battery. Because two of the alleged victims were age 15, there are also charges of child sexual abuse. However, the statute of limitations has run out on most of these charges.

One accuser claimed that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004. At that time, the Montgomery County prosecutor declined to prosecute the case. The complainant then sued Cosby and settled in 2006 for an undisclosed amount. However, in 2015 the prosecutor reexamined the allegations as more and more women brought accusations against Cosby. 

In June of 2017, Cosby, who pleaded not guilty, went on trial with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. That trial ended in a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury. 

The new trial – with the same plaintiff – began last week, and the presiding judge has admitted that it could be a long one.

Could the Result of the Second Trial Be Different?

A lot has happened in the 10 months since the first trial ended in a deadlock. Hundreds of published stories of alleged sexual abuse, including those that brought down entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein and bankrupted his business, have gone viral. Many of these accusations have resulted in the firings and resignations of powerful men across many industries.

Another important event since Cosby’s mistrial is the blossoming of the #MeToo movement that brought the topics of sexual assault and harassment out of the shadows. Could this campaign change the outcome of Cosby’s second trial?

Already there are differences in the two trials. The first trial judge allowed only the accuser and one other woman to testify against Cosby. As of this writing, the judge in the second trial is allowing five women to testify as to Cosby’s behaviors.

In Cosby’s first trial, the jury deadlocked basically on whether or not to believe his accuser. In a “post-#MeToo” world, will the result of the second trial be the same? 

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