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Mistrial declared in Cosby case after jury deadlocks again

18 June 2017

Five days and 52 hours of deliberation ended in a hung jury, leading Judge Steven O'Neill to rule Bill Cosby's sexual assault case a mistrial.

According to the prosecutors of the case, they will be retrying Cosby, who has infamously been accused of dozens of counts of using celebrity, drugs and wealth to sexually assault women.

But the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office in Pennsylvania, said it would retry the case, Efe news reported.

Steele said Constand "has shown such courage through this" and is prepared to move forward with a retrial.

The defense's main goal in the prosecution phase of the case was to attack the credibility of Constand and the other accuser, Kelly Johnson, who had corroborating evidence in the form of her 1996 workers' compensation claim. He will remain free on bail. She said she hopes the court will allow the other women to testify at the next trial because it might make a big difference.

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Outside of the courthouse, Cosby's publicist, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters that his client felt the verdict was a "total victory".

When asked about Cosby's statement during a press conference, Montgomery County, PA District Attorney Kevin Steele responded, "I'm not going to talk about Camille Cosby".

Constand, 44, of Ontario, Canada, testified over two days that after taking the blue pills she began slurring her words and became "frozen" or paralyzed and was unable to fight off Cosby's sexual advances.

Defense attorney, Angela Agrusa, portrayed Constand as a woman who changed her story to many times and should not be believed.

BLOCK: After the mistrial was declared, Bill Cosby appeared outside the courthouse.

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Her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, acknowledged the difficulty of the case, given the passage of time and the impact of the alleged drugging on Ms Constand's ability to recall details. "I wanted her to be comfortable and relaxed and be able to go to sleep after our necking session", he said. How do I describe many, but not all, general media? They must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. The jurors did not mention anything about the deadlock again until Saturday when they announced they were "hopelessly deadlocked" and that the deadlock could not be resolved by additional deliberations.

"How do I describe the district attorney?"

"I feel bad for all of you, I really do", he added. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case are praising the accuser and say she's "entitled to a verdict in this case". The criminal complaint, filed in December of 2015, came just under the Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations.

Cosby broke barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy", in the 1960s and created the top-ranked "Cosby Show" two decades later, starring as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable. And, by the end, jurors had deliberated for far more hours than the length of testimony, opening statements and closing arguments combined. Cosby has been accused by more than 50 women of either rape, sexual battery, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual misconduct and or child sexual abuse.

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