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The Bill Cosby Trial: What Went Wrong?

The Bill Cosby Trial: What Went Wrong?

The jury deliberated over six days without reaching a verdict on charges Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

At the time, she was the operations manager for the women's basketball program at Temple University, where Cosby was the most famous alumnus and a member of the board of trustees, someone she viewed as a mentor and father-figure. "We, the jury, are deadlocked on all counts", said the note read by Judge Steven O'Neill on Saturday morning. Scott McClean has the latest outside of the courthouse in Pennsylvania.

Shortly after a mistrial was declared in the sexual assault case against comedian his wife of 53 years, Camille Cosby, lashed out on Saturday at the courts and media. The jurors - because of pretrial publicity in the Philadelphia area, the jurors were drawn from Pittsburgh.

"You're not off the hook, buddy", she said outside the courtroom.

Even the former district attorney in the Constand case piled on, saying he thought Cosby lied to authorities. Cosby chose not to testify at trial.

The case was delivered to the jury Monday afternoon after a brief defense, which didn't include Cosby testifying.

But the contents of those transcripts - including Cosby's admission that he had obtained drugs in the past to use with women he hoped to seduce - piqued the interest of investigators in Montgomery County, who reopened the case in 2015.

District Attorney Kevin Steele says he's disappointed jurors didn't reach a unanimous decision, but says he'll retry Cosby.

During their deliberations, jurors asked to revisit almost every key piece of evidence from the trial.

Smolla said the outcome of any civil case would depend on how jurors behave in terms of how seriously they take the case, how they relate to one another and how they deal with holdout jurors. "And for all those attorneys who conspired like Gloria Allred, tell them to go back to law school and take another class".

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"Mr. Cosby's power is back".

The repeated reexamination of key testimony from both Constand and Cosby supports the theory that jurors were likely torn between who to believe and what happened on the night in question.

More than 50 other women have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.

The jury had been instructed by the judge to work into the weekend to reach a verdict, after they first revealed that they were deadlocked on the case on Thursday. "I t's important for the jury to be informed that there are more accusers, and if those accusers allege same or similar facts", she said.

However, defence attorneys may have undercut Valliere's testimony by suggesting she was biased by showing jurors comments she'd posted on Facebook seeming to celebrate a prosecution victory in the pretrial fight over evidence in the case.

It was the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women that cast Cosby as a serial predator who gave drugs to women before violating them.

Three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault, each covering a different aspect of the alleged crime.

The comedian's lawyers maintained throughout the trial their client and Constand's sexual relationship was consensual.

These charges were first reported in the press many years ago; Constand filed a lawsuit against Cosby in 2005 when prosecutors at the time declined to file charges.


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