Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Case Ends in a Mistrial After Jury Deadlocks

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

Constand is on board for the retrial.

A United States judge has declared a mistrial in the sexual assault trial of celebrity comedian Bill Cosby after jurors could not reach a unanimous decision about Cosby's guilt.

The juror names remain shielded from the public under a protective order that several news outlets have challenged. Earlier in the week, they told the judge that they were deadlocked, but he ordered them to continue deliberating. He advised jurors when the trial ended, after a week of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations, that they need not discuss the case, even as the public debates whether age, race, gender or other issues separated them.

The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system". Other jurors were harder to read. "It's an old case, it's a controversial case, it's a case that involves questions of consent", said professor Laurie Levenson, of Loyola Law School. She also recalled a Los Angeles case where an 11-1 vote to acquit in the first trial ended with a conviction the second time around. On Saturday morning, all jurors agreed that there was "hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved on further deliberations", BuzzFeed News reported.

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The jury of seven men and five women spent a week shuffling between deliberations and the courtroom, telling the judge multiple times along the way that they were stuck.

Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home. Serignese and Bowman attended the criminal trial near Philadelphia. Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the scheduling of a second deposition was on hold because of the criminal trial.

Camille Cosby, the entertainer's wife of 53 years, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious".

On Saturday, after they reported to O'Neill they were at an impasse and would not be able to reach a consensus, he was forced to call a mistrial.

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