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Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby criminal case

18 June 2017

Shortly after a mistrial was declared in the sexual assault case against comedian Billy Cosby, his wife of 53 years, Camille Cosby, lashed out on Saturday at the courts and media. But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unanimous verdict.

Less than 48 hours later, and working into the weekend on the 11th day of the trial, the panel informed the judge that they were still deadlocked on all three counts of indecent aggravated assault. Prosecutors in Los Angels examined two of the allegations but declined to pursue charges, citing in one case the statute of limitations and in another case a lack of evidence.

I also looked at Cosby and saw a man who in some ways is still one lucky guy - still supported by his wife of 54 years, Camille, and to a remarkable extent, spared the national avalanche of attention that his trial would normally have attracted by all the high drama surrounding the self-proclaimed p_-grabber in the White House. Before the trial, a probable cause affidavit laid out her version of events, which she says occurred between mid-January and mid-February of 2004.

'It's hard to make judgements about credibility so there is a heavy reliance on physical evidence'.

Others came to Cosby's defense, saying he's innocent until proven guilty.

As with all of the allegations against him, Cosby has issued denials through his lawyers and remained largely silent himself.

When the scandal erupted, he was embarking on a career comeback expected to cement his legacy.

Gloria Allred, an attorney representing Kelly Johnson - a "bad act witness" and Cosby accuser who testified during the trial - said Cosby should not feel comfortable with the ruling.

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He said he would do that and added, "Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know". Dozens of mayors across the United States have also committed themselves to meeting the terms of the agreement.

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning actor in recent years of being a serial sexual predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years across the United States.

She also offered some advice to Steele as he prepares for to retry the case: "He better put his sweatband on because he has a lot of work to do".

Bill Cosby's lawyer repeatedly demanded a mistrial in his sex assault trial as five days of deliberations on the fate of the man once known as America's Dad pushed into Father's Day weekend, but the judge said there was no precedent to shut down the jury's talks.

A judge declared a mistrial after a jury was deadlocked in Cosby's trial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand. As deliberations wore on, Cosby thanked his fans and supporters - first in a tweet, then in brief comments as he left the courthouse Friday night. Heinously and exploitatively ambitious. He has said the encounter with Constand was consensual.

Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee, said Cosby gave her pills that rendered her paralyzed before he penetrated her with his fingers as she lay prone, unable to resist.

"With DNA now available, this practice is antiquated to say the very least", she said.

Following the judge's decision, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said he intends to retry Cosby at a later date.

As talk turned to a possible retrial for Cosby, "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani asked if it were possible to find a jury not biased because of his fame.

Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby criminal case