Bill Cosby case: Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges has ended in a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.

Prosecutor Kevin Steele told media he will retry the case.

The jury of five women and seven men has been isolated in Pennsylvania since the trial started.

One of Mr Cosby's lawyers, Brian McMonagle, applauded the decision, saying: "The judge is right: justice is real". A trial date may be set later this month for the sexual battery case.

Cosby's lawyers have said he and Constand were lovers and that the encounter was consensual. Constand says the star drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

Prosecutors reopened a criminal probe and filed charges in 2015 after Cosby's deposition in the woman's 2005 lawsuit was unsealed, and they realized the 12-year statute of limitations for felony sexual assault had not yet expired. Cosby, 79, claims she consented to their encounter.

Best known for starring in and producing the highly successful 1980s television sitcom 'The Cosby Show, ' the television-actor could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on each count if convicted.

However, prosecutors said they would retry Cosby and he still faces a slew of civil lawsuits. "This was about Andrea Constand and inconsistencies in her story".

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the objective of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.

A judge recently denied Cosby's motion to dismiss the case, and a trial has been scheduled for June 2018.

Camille's statement after Saturday's news didn't help her brand.

Callan noted the defense would soon be able to access a full transcript of all the prosecution witness testimony to try to highlight inconsistencies.

American-Pakistani stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani asked; "Serious question: How will Cosby ever get an unbiased jury?"

Linda Fairstein, former head of the sex crimes unit with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, agreed that retrials are usually better for the defense. In regards to the verdict, she said never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity.

Both Camille and the publicist may have forgotten that there are some 50 women who have accused the once-beloved TV staple of sexually assaulting them.

Cosby himself did not say anything as he left court, but the evening before thanked the jury for its "honest work".

BLOCK: OK. Goldie Taylor, I am afraid we have to stop there.

Cosby thanked fans and supporters as he left court Friday.

Jurors got the case on Monday.

"Do you agree there is a hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved by further deliberations?" he asked each juror.

Leading up to the mistrial, the jury deliberated for several days, and reportedly had to be urged into further deliberations by O'Neill, before it was finally clear that they could not agree on a unanimous verdict.

"This case is about a drug-facilitated sexual assault and it doesn't matter what you look like or who you are".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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