HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: Returning to the mistrial in the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby, “Washington Post” reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia joins me from Philadelphia.
How did the defense team do it?
MANUEL ROIG-FRANZIA, “WASHINGTON POST” REPORTER: The defense team really did it through cross-examination. They pounded on the inconsistencies in Andrea Constand’s statements she made to police, the dates that she got wrong and then had to later correct. And the scenarios that started out one way when she talked to police and ended up another.
SREENIVASAN: This was also interesting who was not there. Bill Cosby didn’t testify in his own defense, and there are other sort of people who have accused Cosby in the past that were in the stand but didn’t testify.
ROIG-FRANZIA: The prosecutor wanted to have 13 previous accusers of Bill Cosby’s to take the stand in this case. That might have had the effect of really flooding the zone, telling the jury that even if you have some questions about Andrea Constand’s statements, that there’s just such an overwhelming number of other women, that you just would have to believe her.
Instead the judge only allowed one other previous accusers. And at the end of the day, that might have had some effect in giving the uncertainty to the jury that led them to this mistrial.
SREENIVASAN: One of Cosby’s spokesmen came out kind of jubilantly and said, you know, his reputation is back. But he’s not out of the woods yet.
ROIG-FRANZIA: No, he’s absolutely not out of the woods. The prosecutor, Kevin Steele, district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, without hesitation said that he’s going to retry this case. And I looked over at the defense table. I was just a few steps away, and there’s Bill Cosby by himself, hands on his face, looking down at the ground. At that moment I thought this is a man who is completely alone.
SREENIVASAN: All right. Manuel Roig-Franzia of the “Washington Post” — thanks so much for joining us.
ROIG-FRANZIA: My pleasure.