Bill Cosby's Lawyer Says It's Unfair To Make Ailing Comedian Stand Trial For "Age-Old Accusations"

Judge in the Cosby case wants to schedule a re-trial within 120 days. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Bill Cosby's lawyer is speaking out following Saturday's mistrial. Attorney Brian McMonagle says that the sexual abuse trial, in which the 79-year-old comedian was accused of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, was "unfair."

"Imagine it's you being asked to defend age-old accusations -- how do you defend that?" the attorney said to CNN. "Mr. Cosby is fortunate he is able to afford good counsel and has resources to conduct investigations."

The lawyer said that Cosby's ailing health—he is legally blind and uses a cane—made the trial difficult to endure. "(It was) hard on him. When he got there, he had been awakened at home by us, told that he had to get here. He's blind, he's about 80 years old and my heart really broke for him that day. When we got there we didn't have security and people were diving on our cars. I've handled a lot of cases but I wasn't quite prepared for what I would see."

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Despite the mistrial, the prosecutor shared that he plans to retry the case.


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