Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; mistrial declared

Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; mistrial declared

The defense side in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is declaring victory and going on the attack after jurors deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

Members of the jury were unable to reach a verdict on any of the three sexual assault counts after deliberating for more than five days.

The jurors also listened to the definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutors must cross to win a conviction, and reviewed testimony from Constand and her mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter. During the trial, Constand's testimony was steady, harrowing, and hauntingly familiar for anyone who has read the accounts of the dozens of other women who've come forward.

Bill Cosby departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, get my legs to move, but I was frozen and those messages didn't get there", she said, her voice breaking.

The mistrial was declared on Saturday morning by Steven O'Neill after 52 hours of deliberation.

Prosecutors announced they will retry the case. "Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney", said her statement, which was read by Wyatt.

Following his eight-year tenure on TV's The Cosby Show, which earned him the "America's Dad" moniker, Cosby was seen even more as a moral authority following a 2004 speech at an NAACP event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which desegregated public schools.

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Steele declined comment on a statement from Cosby's wife, Camille, which called him "heinously and exploitively ambitious".

"I want other persons who believe that (they) are assault victims of anyone to report it and stay strong", Allred added.

If the jury can not break its impasse, the judge would have to declare a mistrial.

Mark Ebner said: 'They have been empowered because time in many ways takes care of time. However, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele has stated that he will retry the case. Cosby himself didn't even take the stand. Constand testified and was grilled by Cosby's defense over alleged inconsistencies in her story over the years.

A New York-based poet and former model, Allison sat in the courtroom day after day as Cosby was tried for allegedly drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004 and as the jury struggled to reach a verdict. "Legally we have 365 days to try the case".

Cosby's wife of almost 50 years, Camille, was seated in the courtroom on Monday for the closing remarks, and watched as the 79-year-old comedian's lead lawyer, Brian J. McMonagle, insisted that the alleged incident between Cosby and Constand was consensual and that their relationship was romantic in nature. One seemed to fall asleep several times Wednesday as a court reporter spent more than an hour rereading transcribed testimony.

Cosby, who didn't testify, was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, a charge that carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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