Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks again

  • Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks again

Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks again

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

The judge in the criminal case against Cosby in Pennsylvania declared a mistrial on Saturday after jurors said they were deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on charges that Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.

The mistrial was a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby.

Cosby had faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a US$25,000 fine on each of three counts of indecent aggravated assault. He also dismissed the district attorney's pledge to retry the case.

"I assume when you became jurors you were not looking for celebrity or financial gain", O'Neill told them.

Jurors returned to court on Saturday after more than 50 hours of deliberations, telling the judge that they remained "hopelessly deadlocked" on all counts with no expectation that a verdict could be reached by further deliberations.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele says his office will retry Cosby.

"There may not be enough evidence for a criminal conviction, but that does not rule out a civil verdict", said Harris.

Cosby himself didn't comment.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents a number of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault, expressed hope that a retrial will result in a conviction.

The mistrial declared Saturday underscored a wider struggle to reconcile the disconnect between prosecutors' depiction of Cosby as a sexual predator and his long run as one of our most beloved entertainers.

"When you dance outside your marriage, you have to pay the band", McMonagle said, calling attention to Cosby's infidelities.

Cosby's defense team questioned Constand's credibility, pointing to inconsistencies in her accounts to the police, and argued that the 2004 encounter was consensual and "romantic".

The prosecution is indicating that it will try the case again. McMonagle said Cosby gave her the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl only after she complained she couldn't sleep.

"Our job in this, as prosecutors, [is to] take on the tough cases", said Steele. After 30 hours of deliberation, the jury announced on Thursday morning that they were deadlocked.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors. Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle told the jury his client had been unfaithful to his wife that was not against the law. The defense frequently emphasized Camille's presence in the courtroom to solidify the infidelity narrative to the jury, with McMonagle directly apologizing to Camille at one point as he reviewed a decade-old testimony in which her husband talked about "petting" with Constand.

Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, attended the trial for the first time on Monday.

Cosby thanked his supporters as he departed the courtroom Friday night.

In his 2005 deposition, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with.

His deposition was sealed for years until a judge released parts in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, prompting a new set of prosecutors to take a fresh look at the case and charge him.