Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; mistrial declared

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

The entertainer had no visible reaction in court.

Yes. If he had been convicted, prosecutors say Cosby would have had to register as a sex offender and face an assessment to determine whether he was a sexually violent predator.

"He didn't know we were seeds". "We will take a hard look at everything involved, and then we will retry it".

Johnson is one of more than 50 women who have accused the comedian of sexual assault.

Cosby was accused of drugging and sexually violating Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case. His attorneys have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations.

Cosby's lawyers have repeatedly urged O'Neill to declare a mistrial, given the length of the jury's debate, but the judge said on Friday he could not intervene without a fresh signal that jurors remained deadlocked on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. "Under Pennsylvania law, the court could have allowed more accusers to testify but declined to do so".

Following the mistrial, Cosby's spokesperson did some chest thumping.

"This is my past and I have no room for yesterday". I felt his hand inside my vagina, moving in and out. I have an incredible life. She gave an impassioned statement afterwards that was read on the steps of the courthouse by a family spokesman.

Cosby's accuser Andrea Constant leaves the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system". There will be a retrial.

"As a very special friend once stated, 'Truth can be subdued, but not destroyed, '" she said. "This is not the end". We can now wonder if a lot of those kinds of attitudes were at play in.

Cosby chose not to testify at the trial.

Ruehli said Cosby has ruined his life and his reputation as well as his wife's.

Read Camille Cosby's full statement about her husband's mistrial below. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case are praising the accuser and say she's "entitled to a verdict in this case".

"DNA doesn't lie, doesn't fade with time, and can't be altered to anything other than what it is".

Cosby, who turns 80 next month, was subdued and seemed nearly dazed when O'Neill declared the mistrial. "Mr. Cosby is fortunate he is able to afford good counsel and has resources to conduct investigations".

Constand said she had to return calls from the Temple University trustee because he was an important booster and she worked for the women's basketball team. This is the one case to come to trial.

Several of the women have continuing cases in which they have sued Cosby for slander after his representatives suggested that their accounts were fabrications. The tweet was her first during the trial, and she hasn't tweeted directly about the trial since. "W e can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity", Allred added. O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision.

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