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Judge declares mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault case

18 Juin 2017

A United States judge has declared a mistrial in the sexual assault trial of celebrity comedian Bill Cosby after jurors could not reach a unanimous decision about Cosby's guilt.

The defense called only one witness - a detective - to the stand, while Constand, her mother, another accuser Kelly Johnson and others testified last week for the prosecution. Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at her home - at his home - pardon me - in 2004.

Constand told jurors Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop.

As Cosby grew older, so did his material, graduating into observations about marriage and parenthood, providing the foundation for "The Cosby Show".

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, but the case has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy image, cultivated during his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", the top-rated 1980s and '90s sitcom.

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended Saturday in a mistrial after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

If they can't break the deadlock, O'Neill could declare a hung jury and a mistrial.

"And for all those attorneys who conspired, like Gloria Allred, '" he added, referencing the attorney who is not Constand's principal attorney, but is representing many of Cosby's accusers, "tell them to go back to law school and take another class". "It has been restored".

NY lawyer Paul Callan, a former prosecutor, said he thought it would "exceptionally difficult" for the state to win a second trial against Cosby. "Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney", said her statement, which was read by Wyatt and tweeted by her husband.

According to portions of Cosby's deposition, he gave Constand Benadryl to "relax" her during a consensual sexual encounter.

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"If it's 11-1 in favor of guilty, the prosecution retries the case under the assumption there is one unusual holdout juror that for whatever reason never budged", says Alan Tuerkheimer, a Chicago-based jury consultant who followed the case.

Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, attended the trial for the first time on Monday. She also attacked the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media.

"Bill Cosby's trial is about much more than Bill Cosby".

"It's too early to celebrate Mr. Cosby", she warned.

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

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of misconduct, but Andrea Constand's accusation was the only one that led to criminal charges. They must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. Cosby's trial ended without a v. "Legally we have 365 days to try the case".

"I personally can not thank Andrea Constand enough", she said.

"Cases such as this one are hard to prosecute when there is a delay in reporting and no (forensic) evidence", says NY criminal defense attorney Stuart Slotnick who's been following the case for more than two years. Johnson alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.