Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case

Monday, 19 Jun, 2017

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby gives a thumbs-up to supporters as he leaves court after deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 16, 2017.

The entertainer walked out of court a free man on Saturday, not because he was cleared of sexual assault charges, but because a jury decided that it could not reach a verdict on charges.

Bill Cosby raises his hand as he exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Yesterday, they came back and told the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked.

The prosecutor, Kevin Steele, says he will retry Bill Cosby.

Stay tuned on this one.

In a statement read aloud by one of Cosby's aides, his wife, Camille, who attended only a couple of hours of the trial, took aim at the prosecutors and the judge.

"It's way to early to celebrate Mr. Cosby because round two is coming and justice may be right around the corner".

Cosby was the first black actor to star in a network show, I Spy, in the 1960s and created The Cosby Show two decades later.

Cosby's accuser described in court how he gave her pills then sexually assaulted her as she lay paralysed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. Totally unethical. How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Cosby was arrested on charges he assaulted Constand in 2016.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse.

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Goins also alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion, in 2008, after drugging her drink.

Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, lashed out at the judge, Steven O'Neill, accusing him of "collaborating with the district attorney", and for being "overtly arrogant". Many more were still expressing outrage that the Minnesota police officer who shot Philando Castile was acquitted Friday. "T he prosecution needed 12 for a verdict - the defense only needed one for a mistrial".

As Reuters reported, civil suits offer an easier path to victory than criminal cases do, as criminal cases require prosecutors to prove a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas civil suits require only a preponderance - or greater weight - of evidence to fall in the claimant's favor.

Cosby's lawyers have said he and Constand were lovers and that the encounter was consensual.

The testimony is relevant because Cosby is charged with giving pills to Constand, a former Temple University employee, to incapacitate her before their sexual encounter.

Seven women now have defamation suits pending against him in MA.

"I believe this jury is exhausted, is weary", McMonagle said late Friday, as the jury wrapped up another marathon round of deliberations.

In addition to proving that Cosby assaulted them, Smolla said, they would have to establish that he said something about them beyond denying the allegations, such as calling them known liars or promiscuous. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors.

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

His depositions in that case, however, were unsealed by a federal judge in 2015, revealing his admissions that he had given sedatives to young women in the 1970s and prompting prosecutors to reopen the case.