Mistrial Declared in Cosby Sexual Assault Case

Mistrial declared in Cosby Trial, Prosecutors will retry

Saturday morning, Judge Kevin R. Steele of Montgomery County, declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case against entertainer Bill Cosby. Jurors had deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days, coming before the judge multiple times with questions and with concerns they were hopelessly deadlocked. The judge ordered them multiple times to continue deliberations, but Saturday after the jurors responded they could not reach a unanimous decision, the judge agreed and called for a mistrial.

The former television star was accused of drugging and molesting a Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, while she visited his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele already announced the county will retry the 79-year-old entertainer for the sexual assault. Camille Cosby issued a letter slamming the prosecution and even the judge. Mrs. Cosby’s letter was read aloud by a member of the Cosby PR team. The statement read stated:

“How do I describe the district attorney? Heinously and exploitatively ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical. How do I describe many but not all general media? Blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truth for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life.”

After the judge ordered the mistrial, Mr. Cosby did not issue a statement or show any emotion. The woman who has stated that Cosby drugged and raped her, Andrea Constand, showed little emotion but women who surrounded her, some with their own accounts of sexual assault by Cosby, cried out when Judge Steele ordered the mistrial.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail


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