Shelburne Falls residents share thoughts on Cosby trial

Recorder Staff
Sunday, June 18, 2017

SHELBURNE FALLS — For the residents of Shelburne, Shelburne Falls and Buckland, famous neighbor Bill Cosby doesn’t usually cause a stir. Many say they rarely see the celebrity in town.

But when Cosby’s sexual assault trial resulted in a hung jury on Saturday, residents couldn’t help but pay attention.

Cosby, who owns a home in Shelburne, was on trial for the alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004. More than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, and many of those allegations came to light within the last three years.

The Philadelphia District Attorney announced on Saturday that he plans to seek a second trial against Cosby, but Saturday’s news that the first trial resulted in a hung jury was still a topic of discussion among Shelburne Falls residents.

“I just hope justice is served, whatever that may mean,” Pamela Kessler said.

She said she hadn’t been following the trial closely enough to have a more concrete opinion on the issue, something that was reiterated by others in the village on Sunday.

Others, however, felt it was clear that Cosby has done something to warrant the trial.

“It’s disappointing because your sense is that there was some misconduct,” Diana Hardina said.

She added that more information is needed by the public to understand the situations.

Tessa Morrissey was also disappointed by the hung jury.

“I just feel really sorry for all of the victims, especially Andrea (Constand),” she said.

She said she hopes the victims get justice. That’s a sentiment Cynthia James shared.

She doesn’t think Cosby going to jail, as old as he is, would be beneficial for the alleged victims. She is hopeful those who have accused Cosby get financial compensation through civil suits.

“I’d like to see them get some compensation,” she said.