Junio 26, 2017

Mistrial Declared In Bill Cosby's Trial As Jury Deadlocks

18 Junio 2017, 11:42 | Martinez Canez

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown Pa. Friday

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown Pa. Friday

In the meantime, Allred said she will be in court on June 27 to ask for a trial date in a civil suit against Cosby, where there is a lower burden of proof.

Jurors were selected in Allegheny County because Cosby's attorneys argued that pretrial publicity would make it hard to find impartial jury candidates in Montgomery County, where Cosby lives.

MARTIN: That's reporter Bobby Allyn of WHYY, who's been following the trial of Bill Cosby on charges of sexual assault. He ordered them to keep trying but declared a mistrial June 17, the sixth day of their deliberations.

Masten was among the Cosby accusers who responded to CNN requests for reaction to the mistrial.

The jurors - five women and seven men - were unable to come to a unanimous decision.

They deliberated for 52 hours over six days.

He is free on $US1 million bail.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser is thanking prosecutors for taking her case after a jury failed to agree on a verdict. "We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced".

Cosby stood trial, accused of drugging and molesting a female acquaintance named Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby himself didn't comment. "If the case is retried, know that I will once again put them to the test".

Prosecutors said after the mistrial declaration that they will retry Bill Cosby.

"I have no authority to do this", Judge Steven O'Neill said in the 52nd hour of deliberations on Friday night.

There hasn't yet been any indication how many jurors supported Cosby's conviction compared to how many believed him not guilty, information that would help shine some light on whether the same case is likely to be successful when brought to trial again.

She called District Attorney Kevin Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after court adjourned.

The initial sign of a divide among the jury came Thursday morning, when they sent a note saying they were deadlocked for the first time. Constand did not appear at the news conference.

Even as his team declared victory after a hung jury, comedian Bill Cosby still faces a mountain of legal trouble in the coming years.

At the time of the incident, she was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where Mr Cosby was on the board of trustees. "Totally unethical", said Camille Cosby.

She commended Johnson and others for testifying, and thank all the accusers who have spoken out.

Cosby's spokesman suggested that the comedian could testify in his defence, but in the end he declined to do so.

But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on day four that they were at impasse.

Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her.

Cosby has denied the charges against him which were first heard in 2005. His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual. During the assault, Cosby is also accused of putting the woman's hand on his erect penis. The 2004 encounter at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges.

Cosby's publicist Andrew Wyatt: "Mr. Cosby's power is back". The judge ordered the panel to continue their deliberation until they can reach a verdict. He faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count.

"Do not in any way feel you have let the justice system down", O'Neill told the jury.

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