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Judge Declares Mistrial On Cosby's Sexual Assault Case

26 June 2017, 04:29 | Laverne Osborne

Judge Declares Mistrial On Cosby's Sexual Assault Case

Judge Steven O'Neill leaves the courtroom following his decision in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Saturday

The judge said he saw no evidence of coercion or trouble in the deliberating room after the jurors reported their impasse on Thursday and he instructed them to keep trying for a verdict.

As jurors left for the night, O'Neill praised their "hard work, dedication and fidelity to your oath". It's "one of the most courageous acts I've ever seen in the justice system". In the immediate aftermath of the mistrial, the prosecution announced that it would bring the case against Cosby again, but the retrial doesn't have a concrete start date just yet.

Bill Cosby's latest mistrial in the sexual assault case against him is the subject of outrage for the 31-year-old actress, writer and activist.

In a strongly-worded statement read by an aide, Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, took aim at the prosecutor, who she called "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", and the judge who she described as "overtly arrogant". The judge said he would try to schedule a new trial within 120 days.

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning actor in recent years of being a serial sexual predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years across the United States.

But a lawyer representing many of his accusers, Gloria Allred, said she was hoping the prosecution would push for a retrial. "Round two may just be around the corner and this time justice will prevail". I also want to thank the supporters who have been here.

The "big problem" with the trial was the inability of several other accusers to testify, Allred said. Cosby's admissions in that deposition led Montgomery County prosecutors to file charges against him. He said the encounter occurred in 1990, while Johnson insists it was 1996.

"She has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said.

Constand, who was then an employee of Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, claims the comic gave her drugs that incapacitated her to the degree that she could not stop him from assaulting her. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jello-O pudding.

The controversy played a role in a federal judge's decision in 2015 to unseal parts of a deposition Cosby had given almost a decade earlier as part of a lawsuit Constand filed against him alleging sexual battery. The 79-year-old TV star said in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women before sex.

Following the news that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has ended in a mistrial, Andrea Constand, who accused the legendary comedian of assaulting her, has issued a statement via her lawyers.

Allred told CTV News Channel she thought the prosecution did a good job and is pleased that the district attorney has made a decision to retry the case. He was charged shortly before the statute of limitation was set to expire.

"This isn't talking to a trustee. Everyone is assuming one way or another", said O'Neill.

"We get 12 people to agree on sex assault cases all the time, but this is not any case".

Within a few months of the alleged assault, Constand moved back to her native Canada where she lived with her mother.

But Steele, the district attorney, said it was no accident that some of Constand's memories were faulty.

"There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why?"

The charges stem from Andrea Constand's allegations that he drugged and violated her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. "She spent a lot more time trying to forget what happened than trying to remember that night".

Cosby's defense team has been asking for a mistrial, arguing jurors have talked about the charges long enough.

Steele believes his witness and stands by her. His answers, like his comedy routines, meandered from point to point and veered toward stream of consciousness.

Cosby says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual. He spoke in the deposition of "the penile entrance" and "digital penetration".

"One of the greatest storytellers in the world and I'm failing", Cosby said when asked to repeat an answer in the deposition.

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