Cosby sexual assault case ends in mistrial

Cosby's lawyer, judge clash as jury pushes patience, clock
Bill Cosby trial ends in mistrial on 6th day of deliberations
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26 June, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In one of the more unusual scenes to play out at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, the judge questioned Cosby under oath as jury deliberations wore on to be sure he knew the mistrial he sought could lead to a second trial.

Outside the courthouse, throughout the trial, a small group of demonstrators had gathered, bearing signs with such messages as "Free Bill Cosby" and "100 percent innocent".

The case was delivered to the jury Monday afternoon after a brief defense, which didn't include Cosby testifying.

On Friday, the jury asked for testimonies and past phone records that are related to the case. "He's a politician, he has to say that, but now we have seen the strategy, and that's OK". He adds "tonight, just rest". On Saturday, they came back and told O'Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked.

He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody".

She commended her client Kelly Johnson, the only other accuser allowed to testify at the trial, and thanked all the accusers who have spoken out. According to the testimony, Cosby called himself a "sick man" but refused to identify the pills he gave to Constand.

But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Day 4 they were at impasse.

A lawyer on the case recalled her startling account of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but his notes revealed a glaring discrepancy in the account.

"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.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, pointed out that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault.

She also thanked lawyers Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, along with the their staff, as well as offering thanks "to our children, grandchildren, and other family who loves us... and to our dear friends and supporters, who never gave up on us, despite it all".

Cosby has denied Constand's allegations of assault, saying that they engaged in a consensual sexual relationship.

But the contents of those transcripts - including Cosby's admission that he had obtained drugs in the past to use with women he hoped to seduce - piqued the interest of investigators in Montgomery County, who reopened the case in 2015.

Cosby's lawyers countered by pointing out inconsistencies in Constand's story, and noted she had taken the pills willingly.

Dunham went onto send her thoughts to women effected by sexual assault stating 'My heart is with every survivor reliving the erasure of their own experience today.

"Mr. Cosby's power is back".

Quaaludes was a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S.in 1982. He has said it was Benadryl, a cold and allergy medicine.

The prosecution spent five days painstakingly trying to build their case, calling Constand and her mother to the stand, as well as another woman who alleged that Cosby also drugged and assaulted her in Bel Air in 1996.

"During some of the most painfully, aggravating parts of our trial, particularly jury deliberations it was he who was keeping us going", he said.

But it was his 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.

It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit. They will resume deliberations Saturday morning.

It is also possible that one or more key witnesses, exhausted and/or discouraged by the lengthy trial and the perceived harm to their image, will not agree to cooperate in any new trial.

Instead she put across a venomous attack on Steele's credibility, as well as that of Judge Steven O'Neill and the media.

The veteran entertainer could have faced up to a decade in prison if found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which allegedly took place at his Philadelphia home 13 years ago. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors.


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