After 52-hours of deliberations over the course of six days, jurors weighing the fate of Bill Cosby have told the judge they are hopelessly deadlocked. The judge in the case, Steven T. O’Neill, was forced to declare a mistrial and the Montgomery County District Attorney, Kevin R. Steele, immediately vowed to try Cosby again.
Bill Cosby was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, who was an employee at Temple University while Mr. Cosby was a member of the University’s board of trustees. She had accused the television icon of penetrating her with his fingers while she was incapacitated.
After four days of deliberations, the jurors had told the judge they were unable to reach a unanimous but he told them to go back and keep trying to reach a unanimous verdict.
After the mistrial was declared, Cosby was released on bond. He still faces an additional three counts of aggravated indecent assault and could possibly be retried in as little as 120-days. While as many as 60 women have accused Cosby of some type of sexual abuse dating back over 50-years, Constand’s claim is the only one to have gone to criminal proceedings.
Cosby’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle, told jurors the relationship between Cosby and Constand was a consensual sexual affair between two adults. And that was evidenced by Constand calling Cosby more than 12-times after the alleged assault and speaking to him on one of those calls for more than 45-minutes.
Sometime around 2004 Constand initially went to police with her allegations of sexual assault but the district attorney at that time refused to bring charges because the evidence he had was weak. After Cosby testified in 2015 in a civil lawsuit deposition to having given women quaaludes to make them more relaxed, the county’s new district attorney brought charges before the statue of limitations expired.
After the mistrial was declared, Cosby’s wife Camille, lashed out with the following statement, “How do I describe the District Attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly 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 truths for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life…”