Judge Declares Mistrial In Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Jun 28, 2017,
Jun 28, 2017, 1:52
The panel deliberated about 30 hours over four days before telling Judge Steven O'Neill they couldn't reach a verdict on any of the three counts against the 79-year-old comedian.
On Thursday, the 12-person jury announced that it was unable to reach a unanimous decision after nearly 30 hours of deliberation but were sent back to the negotiating table by the judge.
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.
Ms Constand, who was an administrator at Philadelphia's Temple University where Mr Cosby was on the board of trustees, says she was drugged and sexually assaulted during a 2004 visit to the comic's home to seek career advice.
Lawyers for Bill Cosby demanded that a judge declare a mistrial in the entertainer's sexual assault case on Friday, complaining that jurors were essentially rehearing the entire week of trial testimony as their deliberations passed the 45-hour mark.
During a press conference Thursday night before the jurors went home, Cosby spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said, "Hopefully, the judge will not let this go into Friday".
After hearing a single witness from the defense and 12 witnesses from the prosecution, after listening to the contents of a 2005 police report and just a solitary word from Cosby himself, the jury secluded itself to figure out whether the aged television doctor was guilty or innocent.
The announcement of a deadlocked jury created a hubbub of energy outside the Montgomery County courthouse.
The jury is made up of four white women, six white men, one black woman and one black man.
"I felt really humiliated and I was really confused", she said through tears.
The jury this week has asked to rehear large excerpts of trial testimony, including several versions of the incident that both Cosby and Constand have given over the years.
"We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts", the jury said in a note to Judge Steven O'Neill in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
The sequestered jury has been at it for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday.
Fifty-eight women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though only Constand's case has ended up in criminal court.
While there have been no clear indications on the progress of the deliberations, the jurors did ask to relisten to Constand's testimony, in which she describes being given the pills, and asked for clarifications on the legal meaning of "without her knowledge" by Wednesday afternoon.
But so far, the jury said it hasn't unanimously decided whether he's guilty.
Yet before they were released for the evening, a rattled O'Neill bizarrely brought in the exhausted-looking jury, appeared to chastise them, and sent them back to the jury room-forgetting to formally dismiss them.
A mistrial could be called if the deadlock continues for too long. She believes he gave her something stronger than Benadryl on the night she says he molested her.
He did not take the stand in his sexual assault trial.