This was Cosby’s second trial on the same charges. In the first trial, the jury could not reach a verdict. The jury that found Cosby guilty of sexual assault on Thursday reached that verdict in a relatively short period of time.
So, why did the same case result in two very different results?
The Difference Between Bill Cosby’s Two Sexual Assault Trials
People often wonder how important a judge’s role is in a criminal jury trial — after all, it is the jury that will be deciding on the guilt or innocence of the accused. However, a judge can make all the difference in the world.
In Cosby’s trial, it was a ruling by Judge Steven T. O’Neill that made it all but a certainty that Cosby would be found guilty.
Prior to the start of the first trial, the prosecution asked the judge to allow several other women who have accused Cosby of sex crimes to be allowed to testify. Prosecuting attorneys argued that allowing these women to testify would show a pattern of conduct by Cosby and convey to the jury that since other women had accused him of similar acts, the alleged victim should be believed.
However, the judge permitted only one prior accuser to testify. Due to this ruling, the jurors in the first trial never learned of the many women who had come forth to accuse Cosby of sexual assault.
Prior to the second trial, the judge made a different decision. He agreed with the prosecution and allowed five women to testify before the jury that Cosby had sexually assaulted them.
This ruling allowed the jurors to conclude that Cosby had a history of sexually assaulting women. Due to this information, jurors were much more likely to believe the complaining witness in the case before them.
A guilty verdict was all but guaranteed.
Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Representing You
Whether you believe that Cosby was guilty of this crime or not, what you need to learn from this verdict is that your criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference in the world when you are facing a criminal charge.
Prior to a jury trial commencing, an experienced criminal defense lawyer will need to be prepared to file all legal motions available to limit adverse testimony from coming before the jury. If the court rules that certain damaging testimony cannot be introduced at trial, it will greatly increase your chance of obtaining a favorable outcome.
Another critical thing to remember is that if you are facing a criminal charge, you want to hire an experienced criminal defense law firm that knows the judges that could be assigned to your case. Some judges are very pro-prosecution, while other judges may be more pro-defense.
A skilled criminal lawyer who has experience in the court where your case is pending will know which judge may provide you with the best chance at receiving a positive result.
While your lawyer may not always be able to hand select the judge your case is assigned to, he or she can make a motion to refuse to accept a particular judge if your lawyer knows that judge will not be the best person to preside over your case.
What criminal defense lawyer you decide to hire to help you in your case can make the difference between you spending time in jail or prison and walking out of the court as a free man or woman. Make sure you do your homework before making such a critical decision.
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