Mistrial declared in Cosby case after jury deadlocks again

Bill Cosby gestures to fans as he departs the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 9 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.Jurors deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they could not reach a unanimous decision on whether the Cosby Show star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.Prosecutors said they will retry the case.”Just because a verdict is not reached in one case doesn’t mean it won’t be the next time around”, District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference.Asked later whether he believes Saturday’s mistrial represents a victory for Cosby, spokesman Andrew Wyatt said: “I do”. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.The entertainer had no visible reaction in court.But this does not mean an end to the high-profile case: Prosecutors immediately said they will retry the case. Cosby remains free on bail, according to CBSNews.Cosby’s career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the stand and described how Cosby gave her pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. It was read by a publicist. How do I describe the judge? Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney.Cosby faces another defamation lawsuit from Dickinson, along with a sexual harassment claim from Judy Huth, who alleges Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1974, when she was 15.”She will absolutely come back again”, she said.She joined a small group of accusers who stood in the stately courtroom, hugging a smiling Constand, while Cosby sat impassively at the defense table with his attorneys.Cosby told investigators in Pennsylvania that he gave Constand Benadryl and that the encounter was consensual. Three are defamation cases in which accusers say Cosby defamed them as liars, and two are civil assault lawsuits.Cosby’s starring role as beloved dad Heathcliff Huxtable in “The Cosby Show” made him a household name, bolstering a reputation built on years of family-friendly standup comedy routines. He became an in-demand product endorser, appearing in commercials for Jell-O, Coca-Cola and Ford. Cosby’s attorney, Brian McMonagle moved for a mistrial after the jury could not come to a unified decision regarding alleged victim Andrea Constand.They also reviewed statements Cosby made about the incident under oath during Constand’s civil lawsuit in 2005 and 2006.In a statement, her lawyers thanked the prosecution for taking her case and said the trial had “given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced”.The trial drew intense media attention, with more than 100 credentials issued for print, online, television and radio reporters.Comedian D.L. Hughley wrote on Twitter: “A jury deliberated longer in the #Cosby Case!””You ingratiated yourself into this woman’s life”, Steele continued, talking directly to Cosby in regard to the alleged sexual assault.His depositions in that case, however, were unsealed by a federal judge in 2015, revealing his admissions that he had given sedatives to young women in the 1970s and prompting prosecutors to reopen the case.