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Bill Cosby’s trial declared a mistrial

Although the district attorney has vowed to try the case again, Steele may have difficulty in winning an eventual conviction, according to former prosecutors and defense lawyers.The court reporter read back portions of Andrea Constand’s testimony describing how Cosby drugged her and then sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. The judge said he hopes to schedule a new trial within 120 days.Shortly after a mistrial was declared in the sexual assault case against comedian his wife of 53 years, Camille Cosby, lashed out on Saturday at the courts and media. She also denied that the two had had a romantic relationship prior to that encounter. They repeatedly asked a judge for a mistrial on Friday. They had reported being deadlocked Thursday but then resumed deliberations at the request of the judge.Cosby, the star of the 1980s hit TV series “The Cosby Show”, did not testify during the trial but his account of the night in question was shown to jurors in his sworn depositions in 2005 and 2006 during Constand’s civil lawsuit as well as the 2005 police interview. While on the stand, Constand said she rejected Cosby’s casual sexual advances twice before he offered her three blue pills after dinner during one encounter.Several of the women have continuing cases in which they have sued Cosby for slander after his representatives suggested that their accounts were fabrications.Approximately 60 accusations of sexual assault have been made against Cosby over a number of years, but only Constand’s resulted in criminal charges because the other alleged incidents were too old to prosecute.After the verdict, Cosby by sat alone – off to the side and all but overlooked – clutching his cane to his chest and staring silently into the distance. Camille Cosby, 73, only attended one day of the trial with her husband.Cosby also is battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and MA.He is accused of assaulting Andrea Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent in his home outside of Philadelphia, in Elkins Park, in early 2004.At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and MA.Less than 48 hours later, the panel informed the judge that they were still deadlocked on all three counts. He has said he gave her Benadryl. Dickinson claims Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 1982.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.The 12 jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision beyond a reasonable doubt after six days of deliberations.He said Constand “has shown such courage through this”.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.