Cosby jury begins sixth day of deliberations

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

Before the trial, Cosby told CNN's Michael Smerconish that he wants to return to comedy and activism.

A United States judge has declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case of comedian and celebrity Bill Cosby after a jury said it was deadlocked following more than 52 hours of deliberations. Instead, Cosby emerged from the courthouse with his publicity team, which read a statement from his wife that accused the judge likely to retry him of arrogance and collusion with prosecutors.

In the retrial, District Attorney Kevin Steele could ask the judge to let more of Cosby's 60 accusers testify or disclose to jurors that Constand is gay. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case".

Cosby is being sued in Los Angeles by Judy Huth, who accuses the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15.

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.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, all focusing on the alleged assault of Andrea Constand, 44, who was then manager of the women's basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was a member of the board of trustees.

However, defence attorneys may have undercut Valliere's testimony by suggesting she was biased by showing jurors comments she'd posted on Facebook seeming to celebrate a prosecution victory in the pretrial fight over evidence in the case. Heinously and exploitatively ambitious. She gave an impassioned statement afterwards that was read on the steps of the courthouse by a family spokesman.

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Lawyers for Cosby, 79, have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations. His accuser took the stand and recalled the night she was allegedly molested, telling the court, "I was jolted conscious, jolted awake, and I felt Mr. Cosby's hand groping my breasts, under my shirt. It has been restored". He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding.

Three are defamation cases in which accusers say Cosby defamed them as liars, and two are civil assault lawsuits. His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual.

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.

Constand's attorney, who represented her in a 2005 lawsuit that Cosby settled out of court, said his wife's remarks amounted to "slander". But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unanimous verdict.

Judge Steven O'Neill refused, saying there's no precedent to halt the jury's work. On Saturday, they came back and told O'Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked. Totally unethical. How do I describe many, but not all, general media? They must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit.

Smolla said the outcome of any civil case would depend on how jurors behave in terms of how seriously they take the case, how they relate to one another and how they deal with holdout jurors. It was used, for example, by many Northern juries to find people not guilty for helping runaway slaves escape, but it was also used by Southern juries to free white defendants who had unlawfully harmed or even killed blacks.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Constand has done so.

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