Last day of the Bill Cosby sex assault trial


A judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case because the jury says it is hopelessly deadlocked.

Charges were filed in December 2015 after a number of women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, and testimony emerged in which Cosby said he got quaaludes (methaqualone) in the 1970s for women he wanted to have sex with.

According to the outlet, the decision comes days after the jury-which consisted of five women and seven men-failed to collectively make a decision on whether or not Cosby should be charged for the sexual assault allegations brought against him. His wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby, accompanied him Monday, and his onscreen daughter, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show escorted him into the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5. She called the judge overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

She alleged that Cosby gave her three blue pills to help her deal with stress. "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", said Camille Cosby in a statement, read by a spokesperson after the judge announced his decision to declare a mistrial. He said prosecutors felt good about the case, but "there's always tweaks".

Lawyers for Andrea Constand issued a statement on her behalf Saturday. The 2004 encounter at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges.

Constand "has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said.

They also reviewed statements Cosby made about the incident under oath during Constand's civil lawsuit in 2005 and 2006.

Prosecutors had sought to have 13 other accusers testify in Constand's case, but the judge allowed only one, finding that more would unfairly prejudice the jury. But if you remind yourself, Mr. Cosby put on a single witness for six minutes in this case as his defense.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Johnson and many other accusers, said she hoped more can testify at the next trial. This mistrial result in the Cosby case, however, offers a ideal example of why women so rarely report sexual assault.

In the Smerconish interview before the trial, Cosby said he would have to deal with negative public opinion no matter the verdict.

The case itself has followed a long path to prosecution.

While Agrusa spoke, Cosby stood silently behind her, his head occasionally tilting back, looking toward the sky.

Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle says jurors might think they have to deliberate until "the cows come home". We commend those prosecutors who raise awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the affect the drug has on the victim's memory and the ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury.