Over the past few months, one of the most followed criminal cases in the world has been the case against Bill Cosby. Cosby, who is one of the most successful actors and comedians of all time, was charged with assaulting several women over the past twenty years. After several weeks of deliberations, and over a year of case preparation, the jury finally finished their discussions and announced a verdict (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/17/arts/television/bill-cosby-trial-day-11.html?_r=0).
While many people were expecting that the jury would be able to come to a conclusion, it appears that the 12 person jury has ended in a deadlock and was not able to come up with a conclusion. After the jury spent 50 hours discussing the case, the 12 people ended up declaring a mistrial.
The result of the case was a surprise to many people, but the lack of a decision was expected by others. While there were several different women that came forth, the lack of physical evidence made it hard for people to convict. It is believed that this is the main reason why some jurors were not willing to vote guilty during the deliberations.
While Cosby is now considered a free man, it is not yet clear whether his legal troubles are behind him. The prosecuting attorneys have stated that they will likely pursue another case against him, which is possible given the fact that it was a mistrial and that he was not proven not guilty. However, while the prosecutors may want to pursue another case, there is a chance that they will not be given the opportunity to do so by the state given the amount of resources that go into high-profile criminal cases.
At this point, the criminal legal process is still up in the air, but Cosby could still face some civil charges and convictions. Even though there was a mistrial in the criminal court, he could still be found guilty in the civil court system. While this would not result in a criminal penalty, it could result in a very severe financial penalty that he will be required to pay to the plaintiffs in any civil court trial.
The Trump legal team has said that it has filed a complaint about James Comey, the former FBI director. The legal team led by his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz said that this will be done through the department of justice office and will be addressed to the inspector general. Trump’s legal team are accusing the former FBI director of leaking a conversation with the president of the United States. He is also accused of leaking important memos regarding these conversations. This information was provided by a source close to the president’s legal team. This complaint will not only be sent to the department of justice, but it will also be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kasowitz said that the draft sent to the Senate committee would consist of other issues other than leaking conversations.
This comes after the president of the United States accused Comey of being a leaker and giving false statements about the president. Trump legal team had accused Comey of handing his memos to a close friend with the aim of circulating them widely. However, Comey did not deny these allegations and said that he had shared the memos. He said that he felt compelled to reveal the memos to the public and this is why he asked a friend to share the memos. The said friend then shared them with a reporter. However, Comey said that he refused to share the memos because of various reasons that he could not disclose.
Legal experts say that the former FBI director did not commit crime through the act of revealing the memos. Legal experts say that it would only have been a crime if the reports were classified which was not the case. However, legal experts also say that he violated norms that had existed for a long period and thus acted improperly. Mr. Trump’s legal team say that Comey had leaked the documents earlier as New York Times had referenced the memos a day earlier. They accuse him of revealing thees documents as a retaliatory move to the fallout with the president. However, it has also been proved by independent legal experts that Trump’s legal team was not honest and gave an inaccurate chronology.
Comey was threatened by a tweet by the president who said that there might be some recordings of the proceedings cautioning Comey to be selective about what he says. The memos that Comey shared were leaked to the media by a Columbia Law Professor.