Judge declares mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault case


We commend those prosecutors who raise awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the affect the drug has on the victim's memory and the ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury. He says it was consensual.

The jurors also asked the court to define a phrase in one of the charges, to define "reasonable doubt" and to rehear what a detective testified to about Cosby's interview with police in 2005.

Prosecutors said they would retry the case as soon as they can.

The accuser, Constand Andrea, took the stand during the trial, telling the court the assault had left her feeling "humiliated" by someone she considered a friend and mentor.

"How do I describe the district attorney?" On Thursday, after about 30 hours of deliberations, said it was deadlocked on all three counts, but O'Neill directed the panel to resume discussions and try again to reach a verdict.

Camille Cosby, the entertainer's wife of 53 years, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious". The GIRLS creator tweeted "My heart is with every survivor" shortly after the news of the hung jury broke.

Constand did not appear at the news conference.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's spokesman, suggested this mistrial was a triumph for black America as well. His wife, Camille, was in the courtroom briefly when the defense rested its case.

"During some of the most painfully, aggravating parts of our trial, particularly jury deliberations it was he who was keeping us going", he said.

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Instead she put across a venomous attack on Steele's credibility, as well as that of Judge Steven O'Neill and the media. Only Constand's claims are recent enough to have led to criminal charges.

Bill Cosby's lawyer has repeatedly demanded a mistrial as the talks wore on without a verdict, but the judge said there was no precedent to send the jury home. She believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go.

Constand sat stoically in the front row of the courtroom, flanked by her mother and a detective.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal is.it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court", said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani. Then, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

Many women have accused Cosby of similar conduct, but only Constand's case has gone to trial. The criminal complaint was filed in December 2015, just days before Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations was due to expire.

The judge told the jury that 'they have worked so hard'.

With deliberations passing the 50-hour mark, longer than the testimony of all the witnesses combined, the 79-year-old TV star's lawyer complained that jurors were seeking a replay of the entire trial.

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

Close to 60 other women have also come forward with claims they were drugged and/or raped by Cosby, and some have pending civil suits against him.