Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case ended in a mistrial on Saturday, with jurors reporting hopeless deadlock over charges that the comedian drugged and violated a woman in 2004. Montgomery County district attorney Kevin Steele immediately said prosecutors would seek to retry Cosby on the same charges. They will have 120 days to do so.
After deliberating for more than 52 hours since Monday, a weary panel told Judge Steven T O’Neill that they could not reach consensus against the 79-year-old, who faced three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each carrying a possible 10-year prison term.
In a press conference, Steele said Cosby’s accuser, Andrea Constand, was “entitled to a verdict” and said his team would “push forward and try to get … justice done”. Asked if he would consider a lesser charge, Steele said: “The charges are what they are.”
Lawyers for Constand issued a statement on her behalf which said the trial had “given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced”.
Outside the courthouse, Cosby stood with head bowed as his publicist and attorneys made statements over shouted questions from waiting media.
“As we look up, I see the rain coming down, and it reminds me of what my grandmother used to say,” said Cosby publicist Andrew Wyatt in the first of many remarks touched by hyperbole. “These are God’s tears. And this is the day that the Lord has made America trust again.”
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