Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry him in sex case

Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry him in sex case

Judge Steven O'Neill, of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, declared a mistrial on Saturday morning following a note from jurors saying that they were hopelessly deadlocked on three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Constand knew Cosby through her job at Temple University in Philadelphia, and he invited her to his Cheltenham home. Constand was the women's basketball team manager at Cosby's alma mater.

Kirkpatrick, who alleges that Cosby sexually assaulted her after she attended his show in 1981, said she would gladly testify against Cosby at the next trial if the judge allows it.

The criminal case against Cosby partly stems from the accuser's related lawsuit. It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came.

The full context of the portion of Cosby's decade-old testimony in which he said he told Constand the pills he gave her, before their 2004 sexual encounter, were "friends".

"Social attitudes in general affect what happens in criminal trials, in rape cases".

When the trial started June 5, the jury of seven men and five women were bussed in from Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and have since been sequestered in a hotel.

Chloe Goins, a former model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, is also suing the comedian on sexual battery and other claims.

However, prosecutors said they would retry Cosby and he still faces a slew of civil lawsuits.

Cosby's defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand's account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the encounter, which occurred almost a year earlier.

Callan said the $33.5 million awarded in the case reflected the jury's reaction to a double homicide and was larger than a potential award to someone who has civil claims against Cosby. They said all along that the encounter - they called it a romantic interlude - between the accuser and Cosby was consensual.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele speaks to the media after Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial was declared a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury in Norristown Pa. on Saturday
Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry him in sex case

As they deliberated charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, Cosby tweeted thanks to his fans and supporters.

Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her. "If you've reached a unanimous decision on some of the charges, please report that back to me", he said.

Ultimately, she said, "The jury wants information that supports their position".

Constand told jurors Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. "Once people say they are deadlocked, then what really becomes the reason for further deliberations?"

O'Neill grew testy on the bench as he questioned McMonagle's requests to end the trial without a verdict.

Cosby's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the witness stand, and the prosecution's decision to pursue a second trial keeps him in legal limbo.

Cosby previously said under oath that he got several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s to give to drug women before having sex with them. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

"How do I describe the District Attorney?"

Yet the judge had his limits, putting his foot down Friday when jurors asked to hear a sliver of testimony they'd just had read back to them. His attorneys have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations.

"This is neither a vindication or a victory", said O'Neill, who praised the jurors for their service and asked them not to discuss their deliberations.

The embodiment of what a Cosby mistrial meant - and didn't mean - to many people might be Lili Bernard.

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