Conviction would be difficult in a new Cosby trial: Handlarski

If there is another criminal trial for Bill Cosby, a conviction will be far from easy, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski tells CBC’s The National.

“It’s going to be difficult for the prosecution in any scenario, in the best-case scenario, to find 12 people who will agree to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” he says.

Handlarski, principal of RH Criminal Defence, spoke to the broadcaster’s flagship news program after a judge declared a mistrial in Cosby’s sexual assault case because a deadlocked jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. The 79-year-old star of the ’80s sitcom The Cosby Show was accused of drugging and assaulting a Canadian woman back in 2004, says the CBC.

Jurors spent more than 50 hours deliberating.

Soon after the mistrial was declared, prosecutors said they plan to retry Cosby. The actor continues to be released on bail, says the article.

“Dozens of women have come forward to say the comedian had drugged and assaulted them, but many of their cases were deemed too old to prosecute. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against the actor,” says the public broadcaster.

Lawyers will be in court in California on June 27 to ask for a trial date in a civil suit against Cosby, says the article.

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