Judge Declares Cosby Mistrial; Prosecutors Will Try Again

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Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial Saturday morning after a jury failed to reach a verdict on the only set of criminal charges to emerge from the allegations of dozens of women who say they were drugged and assaulted by the comedian known as “America’s Dad,” reports Philly.com. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill dismissed the panel of seven men and five women after they said they were hopelessly deadlocked after five days of deliberations. Prosecutors said they would retry the case.

Cosby looked glum and tired at the news of the mistrial. “I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory,” O’Neill said. “A mistrial is merely the justice system at work.” Jurors had asked to revisit nearly every key piece of evidence from the trial. On Thursday, jurors told O’Neill that they were at an impasse on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from Andrea Constand’s claim that Cosby drugged and molested her at his home in 2004. Several jurors cried as the judge announced the decision. He promised to quickly get them on the way back home to the Pittsburgh area. He called their two-week commitment and marathon deliberations “one of the most courageous acts, one of the most selfless acts that I’ve ever seen in the justice system.”

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