Mistrial Declared in Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial

Mistrial Declared in Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial

Mistrial Declared in Bill Cosby Sex Assault Trial

"I will forever hold you dear in my heart and be grateful for what you have done for the justice system", the judge told the jurors, who were selected last month in Pittsburgh and have been sequestered here since the trial began June 5.

Camille, the entertainer's wife of 53 years, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after the trial.

Earlier this morning, the judge presiding over the Bill Cosby case declared a mistrial.

Cosby's supporters had hoped that a not-guilty verdict might tarnish the broader pool of accusations that have been leveled against him and stained his legacy.

The judge denied a defence request for a mistrial.

Prosecutors have asked for a second trial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on Saturday.

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"She will absolutely come back again", she said.

An eighth woman withdrew her lawsuit and a federal judge dismissed a ninth accuser's case, finding her complaint inadequate.

Cosby's team declared victory and went on the attack. She says Cosby drugged and assaulted her at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004. "She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal is.it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court". About 60 women have made similar allegations, although only Constand's is recent enough to sustain a criminal prosecution. He advised jurors when the trial ended, after a week of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations, that they need not discuss the case, even as the public debates whether age, race, gender or other issues separated them.

Cosby's wife Camille was rarely present throughout the trial.

District Attorney Kevin Steele said Friday he would push for a retrial as soon as possible, reassess the case and possibly make some "tweaks". "Cosby's fame could have worked for or against him", said Gomez, depending on if jurors felt deceived or enamored.

"Mr. Cosby's power is back - it's back. It has been restored".

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Among many things, the Philadelphia native and Temple alumnus is known for his pioneering role as a starring African-American cast member on the popular 1960s television series "I Spy" and for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding.

The criminal case against Cosby partly stems from the accuser's related civil lawsuit a decade ago.

Prosecutors argued Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Constand. Jurors were unable to render a unanimous verdict on the three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault Cosby had been charged with.

"We commend those prosecutors who raised awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the effect the drug has on the victim's memory and ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury", she said in a statement that her attorneys released to United States media.

The judge said he saw no evidence of coercion or trouble in the deliberating room after the jurors reported their impasse on Thursday and he instructed them to keep trying for a verdict.

TAYLOR: You know I have for many reasons refrained from responding to or making characterizations about Mrs. Cosby because, in my mind, she, too, was a victim. Are you surprised by this deadlock today?

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