Cosby jury begins sixth day of deliberations

Sunday, 18 Jun, 2017

A judge declared a mistrial after a jury was deadlocked in Cosby's trial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand.

Prosecutors said immediately that they would retry the case, and Judge Steve T. O'Neill said he would try to schedule a new trial within 120 days.

"How do I describe many, but not all, general media?"

The jury appeared unable to agree on which version of the night in question to believe: Constand's or Cosby's. And so after 52 hours of deliberations, the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby ended in a mistrial.

"I don't know that we will ever know", Steele said.

"I don't think it's a coincidence that we came out here and I'm hearing church bells", Allison said.

As talk turned to a possible retrial for Cosby, "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani asked if it were possible to find a jury not biased because of his fame.

On Saturday, after they reported to O'Neill they were at an impasse and would not be able to reach a consensus, he was forced to call a mistrial.

Although prosecutors were disappointed that the jury was not able to come to a unanimous verdict they said they appreciated the sacrifices the jurors made. "I see you. I love you".

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"I remind everyone this is not vindication or victory".

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.

From defense attorney Brian McMonagle: "There were no winners here but like the song goes you don't always get what you want but if you try sometimes. you get what you need". The charge also could include taking away a person's ability to refuse penetration by holding them down or drugging them or carrying out a sex act when the person is unconscious.

Cosby has been an icon in the black community following a successful career in comedy, including playing the lead role in his eponymous Cosby Show, which ran for almost a decade from 1984 until 1992. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding. But a judge ruled the deposition could be released.

He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.

Throughout the dozens of sexual assault accusations Bill Cosby has faced over the years, Camille Cosby has remained steadfast in support of her husband. The government lawyer charged Cosby shortly before the statute of limitations was to expire. At the time, she was working for the women's basketball program at his alma mater, Temple University, where he was not just a revered alumni but a trustee.

Prosecutors have vowed to retry the case.

"There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why? Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors.

Before going on trial, Cosby expressed hope he could eventually resume his career. Those women, and in fact all other sexual assault victims and their supporters, were put on trial by the defense, too.