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Cosby jury begins Day 6 of deliberations in sex assault case

Cosby jury begins Day 6 of deliberations in sex assault case

A U.S. judge declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case yesterday after an exhausted jury failed to reach a verdict, having deliberated for more than 50 hours.

Constand, 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

Excoriated by the defense for charging Cosby in the first place, District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to put him on trial a second time, saying accuser Andrea Constand supported the decision. The Pennsylvanian judge then declared a mistrial.

"She (has) shown such courage through this", he said.

The prosecution spent five days painstakingly trying to build their case, calling Constand and her mother to the stand, as well as another woman who alleged that Cosby also drugged and assaulted her in Bel Air in 1996.

Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home.

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Cosby showed no immediate reaction.

Judge Steven O'Neill leaves the courtroom following his decision in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

She condemned the district attorney as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the judge as "overtly arrogant", lawyers for the accusers as "totally unethical" and "many" in the media as "blatantly vicious".

The driving force behind going back to court is out of respect for the GTA woman, who at the time of the alleged drugging and sexual assault in 2004 was manager of the women's basketball program at Temple University.

Since starting deliberations, the jurors have re-examined both Cosby's and Constand's versions of the encounter, with particular focus on the pills he gave her beforehand.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's suburban Philadelphia sexual assault trial are wrapping up for the night, still at an impasse after more than 50 hours of deliberations.

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The controversy played a role in a federal judge's decision in 2015 to unseal parts of a deposition Cosby had given almost a decade earlier as part of a lawsuit Constand filed against him alleging sexual battery.

Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle argued the court was "being asked to review the entire trial" with the jury's repeated requests to rehear testimony.

The defense's main goal in the prosecution phase of the case was to attack the credibility of Constand and the other accuser, Kelly Johnson, who had corroborating evidence in the form of her 1996 workers' compensation claim.

Dozens of women say he assaulted them, but statutes of limitation rules mean he was allowed to be tried for Ms Constand's allegation only. "This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said of one call that lasted 49 minutes. "Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship? This was about Andrea Constand and inconsistencies in her story".

"There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why?" As for when the Cosby retrial will be, however, there's still some uncertainty at play, although there's at least a time-frame for when it'll be scheduled. But TV networks had long since scrapped plans for a comeback and pulled reruns from the air after his lurid deposition testimony became public.

McMonagle said asking Cosby to surrender had been hard.

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