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Bill Cosby's trial declared a mistrial

Bill Cosby's trial declared a mistrial

As deliberations wore on, Cosby thanked his fans and supporters - first in a tweet, then in brief comments as he left the courthouse Friday night.

Jurors also asked for, and received, a definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutors must cross to win a conviction, and reviewed testimony from Constand and her mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill announced the 12-member jury was "hopelessly deadlocked" on reaching a verdict after spending over 50 hours deliberating whether the disgraced comedian was guilty of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault brought against him on behalf of Andrea Constand.

Bill Cosby's trial ended on Saturday in a mistrial, which, ugh. The failure of the jury to reach a verdict means that Cosby was neither convicted nor acquitted of the criminal charges, setting the stage for an eventual retrial.

Bill Cosby speaks with members of the media as he departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown Pa. Friday
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Earlier this morning, the judge presiding over the Bill Cosby case declared a mistrial.

"We're going to retry the case", said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. As news reporters streamed out of the room, several other Cosby accusers, some in tears, waited in line to hug Constand, who smiled broadly and maintained her composure.

About 60 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, effectively ending the long career of the entertainer once known as "America's dad" for his role in the 1980s television hit "The Cosby Show". 'You're not off the hook, buddy, ' she said outside the courtroom. To her, the mistrial underscored how hard it is for rape victims to get justice in the court system; she was disappointed that the defense lawyers made their case by attacking Constand's credibility.

Following the mistrial, Cosby's spokesperson did some chest thumping.

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Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the objective of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with. Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the scheduling of a second deposition was on hold because of the criminal trial.

Even the former district attorney in the Constand case piled on, saying he thought Cosby lied to authorities.

"You always find people who just don't pay that much attention to the news or are able to set aside what they've heard", said McAndrews, who successfully prosecuted John E. du Pont, the chemical fortune heir, for murder.

But only after a man, comedian Hannibal Buress, called Cosby a rapist in a stand-up act in October 2014 did "public outcry begin in earnest", Bowman wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, repeating allegations that Cosby drugged and raped her.

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At the time of the alleged assault, Constand was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case", said Steele.

"Historically people have challenged injustices", said Cosby's wife Camille in a statement read by a spokeswoman. "Overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney", it said. They also showed jurors testimony from his deposition in which he admitted giving young women sedatives in the 1970s.

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