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Bill Cosby case: Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock

The outcome denied vindication to either the defendant or the dozens of women who have accused Cosby, one of the world’s best-known entertainers, of assaulting them over a span of decades.Constand accuses Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004. Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.After more than five days of deliberation, jurors came back for a second time: they were hopelessly deadlocked.”I think the mistrial is wonderful”, said a woman who didn’t want to give her name.The initial sign of a divide among the jury came Thursday morning, when they sent a note saying they were deadlocked for the first time. Even acquittal, I suspect, would not have surprised many of those present at the trial. “She’s entitled to a verdict in this case”. The 2004 encounter at Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges.Camille Cosby, who attended one day of the trial last week, also criticized the media as “greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life”.Only Constand has brought a case against Cosby that was fresh enough to prosecute.Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand’s lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. They told Judge Steven O’Neill on the fourth day that they could not reach a unanimous verdict. He did not take the stand in his own defense, leaving it to his attorney to argue Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. “I see you. I love you”. Each count could have put him in prison for ten years, and each accusation was corroborated, to varying degrees, by both Cosby and Constand’s testimonies.”If more jurors were inclined to acquit, then a retrial may not be the best decision”, she said. But the judge said he would allow the jury to work toward a verdict as long as it wanted. She said Cosby gave her pills that he said were herbal, but that left her immobile and drifting in and out of consciousness.Since the ruling, Camille Cosby has releases a statement criticising the judge and the District Attorney, along with a quick pop at the media too. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.While walking out of the courthouse Saturday, Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt praised what happened Saturday, adding that “Mr. Cosby’s power is back”. That was the defense’s tactic-to position Constand, who was a bright and earnest presence in the courtroom, as the kind of woman who might just possibly be lying as she recounted an event that made her shake and cry on the witness stand, a humiliating account that she has told over and over again, to her mother, her brother-in-law, two police departments, her lawyers, her alleged rapist, the courtroom, the world.Cosby’s attorney Brian McMonagle delivered a dramatic closing argument, highlighting Constand’s inconsistencies and those of Johnson.