On Saturday morning, Bill Cosby's ongoing trial came to an end with the jury deadlocked on a decision. But District Attorney Kevin Steele announced his decision right after a mistrial was declared. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanim. Asked why the media could not approach the jurors, he shrugged his shoulders and drove off.
The prosecution also said they will revisit their petition to have 13 of the more than 50 Cosby accusers testify in the retrial.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.
I had connected with several of Cosby's accusers in the past two years and, leading up to the trial, I had conversations with some of the women. "Do they want to save Cosby, or do what the first jury couldn't do, which was convict him?"
"The statement comes despite the fact that Steele had already said he intends to re-try Bill Cosby on the same charges", noted The Wrap writer Ross A. Lincoln.
Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors' identities, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions.
Sixty women have accused comedian Bill Cosby of rape, assault, and other sexual violence.
The statement, in which Camille Cosby called the district attorney "heinously and exploitively ambitions", also was released in its entirety on Twitter.
Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this frightful thing".
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He also said "all life is sacred" and he hoped the tragedy would unite people and "keep the fabric of this society in tact". A local imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, said he organized a group of people and shielded the man until police could take him away.
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.
For the last two weeks, throughout the testimony and jury deliberations, I attended the sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby in Norristown, Pa.
"It was complete silence", Mike McCloskey, 43, told radio station WDVE-FM in a phone interview on Monday.
"I was ridiculously sick", McCloskey said about the mistrial.
After a mistrial was declared, McCloskey said he was eager to finally be able to talk about it among the other jurors. The mistrial in Cosby's case came only a day after a Minnesota jury acquitted police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges stemming from the shooting death of Philando Castile at a traffic stop on July 6, 2016.
In some cases, such as terrorism or mob trials, anonymity is aimed at ensuring jurors' safety.
McCloskey heard all of the testimony and saw all of the evidence presented to the jury, but was not involved in the deliberations.
The jurors, who spent 53 hours debating whether Cosby was guilty or innocent, told of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill they could not reach unanimous verdicts on whether Cosby was guilty of three counts of aggressive indecent assault against college administrator Andrea at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.
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