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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; mistrial declared

Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; mistrial declared

"I was relieved when they said mistrial, because it means that it wasn't an acquittal", says Linda Kirkpatrick, who is not involved in the current case but is one of dozens of women who have accused the entertainer of sexual assault.

"I have been greatly concerned for his health, I don't know if I can survive what he survived this week".

The jurors could not reach a unanimous decision after more than 50 hours of deliberation, announcing they were hopelessly deadlocked. "Telling us stories, telling us jokes, making us smile".

The jury deliberated over six days without reaching a verdict on charges Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit. Ms Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, said the scheduling of a second deposition was on hold because of the criminal trial. Was the case simply not as strong as prosecutors hoped?

Lawyers for Cosby, 79, have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations. 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.

But Constand's allegations were the only criminal case brought against him as most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute. Montgomery County prosecutors then filed charges against him. But like that Rolling Stone song says "you don't always get what you want". "Waiting so long, it's wrong".

Andrew Wyatt, the star's loyal spokesman who escorted the legally-blind defendant in and out of court, would introduce them.

McMonagle said being charged was "hard on him".

"I personally can not thank Andrea Constand enough", she said. "We will press forward to try to get that done, to get justice done". A judge declared a mistrial Saturday.

"How do I describe the judge?"

The statement came the day after NPR broadcast an awkward interview with Cosby - awkward because Cosby did not utter one word when repeatedly asked about the charges against him.

The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system. Overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney", it said.

The jury has spent days reviewing large chunks of trial testimony, including both Cosby's and Constand's accounts of the night in question.

District Attorney Kevin Steele said Friday he would push for a retrial as soon as possible, reassess the case and possibly make some "tweaks". He said prosecutors would reevaluate the evidence and witnesses.

Prosecutors plan to retry the comedian on sexual assault charges.

Constand said she had to return calls from the Temple University trustee because he was an important booster and she worked for the women's basketball team.

Constand's attorney, who represented her in a 2005 lawsuit that Cosby settled out of court, said his wife's remarks amounted to "slander".

He said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began.

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