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Last day of the Bill Cosby sex assault trial

18 June 2017

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case are praising the accuser and say she's "entitled to a verdict in this case".

Lawyers for Constand released their own statement Saturday afternoon, thanking the district attorney's office and "the many police officers and detectives who worked on this case". TMZ reports that after more than five days of deliberations the jury was unable to unanimously reach a verdict on any of the three sexual assault counts. The bottom-line: Mongtomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele failed to prove the state's case against Cosby beyond a reasonable doubt to at least one member of the jury. While some of Cosby's other accusers reacted tearfully to news of the mistrial, Andrea Constand, the woman Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting more than 10 years ago, was reported to be comforting others in the courtroom. Mr. McMonagle for his passionate and powerful articulations of truth; Ms. Agrusa for her thorough research to bolster counsel McMonagle; to Mr. Andrew Wyatt for his unequivocal skills in public relations; to our team, who worked diligently and intelligently; to our staffs for their continuous commitment to our family and me.

Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, attended the trial for the first time on Monday. Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney. She also denied that the two had had a romantic relationship prior to that encounter.

Women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, who's representing some of the other women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, also addressed reporters on Saturday. Cosby's lawyer says he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Camille Cosby, the wife of comedian and actor Bill Cosby, slammed prosecutors Saturday for bringing the sexual assault case to court.

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Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. The judge then declared a mistrial.

But it was Cosby's reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

The driving force behind going back to court is out of respect for the GTA woman, who at the time of the alleged drugging and sexual assault in 2004 was manager of the women's basketball program at Temple University. "Here, however, the prosecution had Cosby's explanation and deposition, which is not the case in most trials".

Prosecutors immediately said Saturday they will retry the case.

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Bill Cosby is back in court for the sixth day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse. The jurors have been trying to break a deadlock.

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life.

But lawyers for the man once known as America's Dad say they've had enough.

The jury seemed exasperated at times over the course of the week as it repeatedly asked the judge for clarifications of evidence or to hear testimony from the trial again.

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Judge Steven O'Neill refused, saying there's no precedent to halt the jury's work.