Bill Cosby‘s criminal defense attorney Brian McMonagle, speaking two days after a mistrial was declared in the comedian’s sexual assault case, said he is confident that if there is another trial, his client will be acquitted.
“What I would say to all of Mr. Cosby’s fans and some of the folks on the other side of this, we have a wonderful criminal justice system in this country,” McMonagle said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“Trust it, believe in it, and I’m confident that if this case is retried, he’ll be acquitted,” McMonagle said.
Asked what he would say to people who have heard about other accusers against Cosby, McMonagle said, “None of these accusations have ever been vetted. None of them have ever been put to the test.”
“None of them have ever been cross-examined, and the one time that it has happened, fair-minded people couldn’t come to a conclusion,” he said in reference to the current case in Pennsylvania, which ended Saturday in a mistrial. “Presume innocence and trust the system.”
After six days and 52 hours of deliberation, the seven men and five women selected to serve on the jury were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of Cosby’s three charges of felony aggravated indecent assault. Cosby, 79, pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied any wrongdoing in regard to other accusations.
Though he never took the stand during the trial, excerpts from his 2005 to 2006 depositions in a civil suit by his accuser, Andrea Constand, were read aloud.
For the prosecution, Constand took the stand, as did her mother and another accuser, Kelly Johnson.
The case stemmed from an alleged 2004 encounter in which, Constand said, Cosby drugged and assaulted while her she was an employee at Temple University, his alma mater. He said everything that happened was consensual.
According to portions of his deposition, he admitted to giving her Benadryl to “relax” her.
Over the weekend, his wife, Camille Cosby, spoke out, taking on the district…