Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks again

Calvin Saunders
June 18, 2017

After almost a week of deliberations, the judge declared a mistrial Saturday in the case.

Bill Cosby speaks with members of the media as he departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017.

That's the warning victim's rights attorney Gloria Allred issued to Bill Cosby shortly after a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial Saturday in Cosby's sexual offense case after the jury repeatedly failed to reach a verdict.

Steele says he will retry the 79-year-old comedian on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

"How do I describe the district attorney?"

If they can't break the deadlock, O'Neill could declare a hung jury and a mistrial.

Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling District Attorney Kevin Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after court adjourned.

Prosecutors said even though the case ended without a verdict, it has been "important for sexual assault victims everywhere".

Steele also reminded jurors about a telephone conversation in which Cosby apologized to Constand's mother and described himself as a "sick man".

Constand, 44, said under oath during the Pennsylvania trial that Cosby gave her three blue pills and penetrated her with his fingers as she lay "frozen" on a couch.

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Jurors have already discussed the case for more than 50 hours since Monday, leading to Cosby's lawyer to push for a mistrial.

The accuser in the case is Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who was a guest at Cosby's house in Cheltenham Township on an evening in January 2004.

The sole witness for the defense was the detective who led the 2005 investigation, Richard Schaffer, who previously took the stand during the prosecution's case.

After more than 40 hours of discussion, the jury told the judge that they were deadlocked, and he ordered them to continue deliberations.

The fast-moving case went to the jury of seven men and five women on Day 6 of the trial after closing arguments painted different pictures of what happened between Cosby and Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate. Cosby had testified in a deposition that he took an immediate romantic interest in her, and the two began a relationship.

"Historically people have challenged injustices", said Cosby's wife Camille in a statement read by a spokeswoman. 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. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors.

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

Charges were filed in December 2015 after a number of women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, and testimony emerged in which Cosby said he got quaaludes (methaqualone) in the 1970s for women he wanted to have sex with. First, they asked the judge twice to repeat parts of Cosby's statements to the authorities and requested the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the three charges against him.

Dozens of women say he assaulted them, but statutes of limitation rules mean he was allowed to be tried for Ms Constand's allegation only. During the assault, Cosby is also accused of putting the woman's hand on his erect penis.

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