Judge Declares Mistrial in Bill Cosby Trial After Jury Deadlocks

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Date  17/06/2017
A US judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case after the jury remained deadlocked for days.he seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous decision after some 53 hours of deliberations in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Mr Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual.

The US comedian could now face new proceedings.

He walks away from court a free man, but the prosecution has already said they are pursuing a fresh trial.

Dozens of women say he assaulted them, but statutes of limitation rules mean he was allowed to be tried for Ms Constand`s allegation only. Throughout their six days of deliberations, the jury asked Judge Steven T. O’Neill to define “beyond a reasonable doubt”and for parts of Cosby’s depositions to be reread.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004. Kelly Johnson, who worked for Cosby’s late agent, also testified during the trial that she was drugged and assaulted by Cosby in 1996.

The 79-year-old comedian was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. After the mistrial announcement, prosecutor Kevin Steele said he would retry Cosby.

One of Mr Cosby`s lawyers, Brian McMonagle, applauded the decision, saying: "The judge is right: justice is real."

"We came here looking for an acquittal. But like that Rolling Stone song says `you don`t always get what you want`. Sometimes you get what you need."

The district attorney who brought the charges, Kevin Steele, told reporters that the prosecution was seeking a retrial:

"We will evaluate and review our case. We will take a hard look at everything involved and then we will retry it. As I said in court, our plan is to move this case forward as soon as possible.

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