Mistrial declared in Cosby case after jury deadlocks again

Bill Cosby faces retrial on sexual assault charges

NORRISTOWN "It's a blessing!" a Bill Cosby supporter shouted as the entertainer emerged from the Montgomery County Courthouse on Saturday after a mistrial was declared at his sexual assault trial.

The jury resumed deliberations Saturday over whether the 79-year-old TV star drugged and molested a woman in his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

District Attorney Kevin Steele said immediately after the mistrial that he would retry Cosby.

Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail.

They deliberated for 52 hours over six days.

They first informed Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday that they were deadlocked, but were instructed to keep trying. He has used Mr. Cosby's name, credibility, his good name, to catapult his ambitions - maybe to attorney general.

Olivia Wilde retweeted justice writer Shaun King, who said, "How will our justice system sensibly hold ANY men accountable for sexual assault when the President of the United States gets away with it?"

She said that she hoped prosecutors tried the case again and that the court permits more accusers as witnesses.

Cosby's defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand's account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the alleged incident almost a year later.

She also heaped scorn on media coverage of the accusations against her husband.

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Some of those who would otherwise have been following the testimony avidly and asking why Constand saw and kept calling Cosby after the assault - that was part of her job, she said - were instead following the testimony of fired former FBI Director James Comey and questioning why, if Comey didn't want to be left alone in a room with President Donald Trump, he kept talking to him on the phone.

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

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.

As talk turned to a possible retrial for Cosby, "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani asked if it were possible to find a jury not biased because of his fame. But it's a double bind to say both that years ago we would never have taken that case, and now that we might, it happened too long ago for us to even consider it.

There's no doubt Cosby handed Constand pills (Benadryl, he says). Cosby has denied all allegations of sexual assault levied against him.

While Gloria Allred is being slammed by some critics, Bill Cosby's accusers are getting support from many people in the entertainment industry.

"The defamation case is this clever way of saying, If I say you raped me and you say it didn't happen, then you're defaming me by calling me a liar", he said.

In a written statement, Cosby's wife Camille attacked the district attorney and the news media for their handling of the sexual assault allegations, which brought down one of America's most popular figures.

After the mistrial was declared, Cosby and his legal team gathered outside the courtroom.

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, but the case has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy image, cultivated during his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", the top-rated 1980s and '90s sitcom.

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