Mistrial Declared In Bill Cosby's Criminal Trial

The jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision.  Judge says he will try to schedule a new trial within 120 days.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial on Saturday in the case against Bill Cosby after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

As CNN reported, Cosby faced three charges of aggravated indecent assault. After 52 hours of deliberation, the jury of five women and seven men was unable to come to a unanimous decision regarding whether Cosby was guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Following the announcement of the mistrial, prosecutors announced that they will be retrying the case. The judge declared he will try to reschedule a new trial within 120 days.

Cosby's wife, Camille, spoke out against the judicial system and media in a statement. "How do I describe the District Attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical," she said via a statement read by a spokeswoman. "How do I describe many, but not all, general media? Blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life."

Constand's allegations are one of several against the 79-year-old comedian. As NBC News reports, other alleged victims were on hand to comfort Constand when the mistrial was declared.

"Mr. Cosby’s power is back — it's back. It has been restored,” Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's publicist said about the outcome of the mistrial. "The jurors, they used their power to speak. So the legacy didn't go anywhere, it has been restored." 


[Photo; Getty Images]



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