Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks once again

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Matt Slocum/ AP Expense Cosby gets to the Montgomery County Courthouse throughout his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

Published Saturday, June 17, 2017|7 a.m.

Updated 4 hours, 44 minutes ago

NORRISTOWN, Pa.– Costs Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended without a verdict Saturday after jurors failed to reach an unanimous choice in a case that helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian’s image as “America’s Father.”

Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over 6 days before informing a judge they could not settle on whether “The Cosby Program” star drugged and molested Temple University staff member Andrea Constand at his rural Philadelphia home in 2004. The judge then stated a mistrial.

Prosecutors said they would retry Cosby, who remains accuseded of three counts of aggravated indecent attack.

The comic’s career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the stand and described how Cosby gave her pills and after that penetrated her with his fingers as she lay disabled on a sofa, not able to tell him to stop.

However the jurors clearly struggled with their decision, informing the judge on Day 4 they were at deadlock. Judge Steven O’Neill instructed them to keep working toward a consentaneous decision. On Saturday, they came back and informed O’Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked.

It was the only criminal case to develop from claims from more than 60 females that cast Cosby– wed more than 50 years– as a serial predator who gave drugs to females prior to breaching them.

He did not take the stand in his own defense, leaving it to his attorney to argue Cosby and Constand were enthusiasts sharing a consensual sexual encounter. Lawyer Brian McMonagle told jurors that while Cosby had actually betrayed to his better half, he didn’t devote a crime.

“We’re discussing all the man’s tomorrows,” said McMonagle, prompting acquittal of an icon in the twilight of life.

Cosby broke barriers as the first black star to star in a network show, “I Spy,” in the 1960s and produced the top-ranked “Cosby Show” two decades later on, starring as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable. He discovered success with his “Fat Albert” animated TELEVISION show and starred in commercials for Jello-O pudding.

However it was his credibility as a public moralist who urged youths to bring up their saggy trousers and begin acting properly that prompted a federal judge to unseal parts of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand’s civil claim against him.

In the deposition, released in 2015 at the demand of The Associated Press, Cosby said he acquired a number of prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and used the now-banned sedatives to females he wished to have sex with.

He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergic reaction medicine Benadryl prior to the “petting” began. District attorneys recommended he drugged her with something more powerful.

Constand, 44, initially went to authorities about a year after she stated Cosby attacked her, however a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

A years later on, a brand-new district lawyer resumed the examination after Cosby’s lurid testimony about drugs and sex ended up being public, and lots of women came forward versus one of the most precious stars in all of program business. He was charged quickly prior to the statute of restriction was set to end.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, mentioned that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged attack. Constand told the jury she was simply returning his calls about the ladies’s basketball squad at Temple University, where she was director of team operations and he belonged to the board of trustees.

“This isn’t talking to a trustee. This is talking to an enthusiast,” McMonagle stated of one call that lasted 49 minutes. “Why are we running from the fact of this case– this relationship? Why?”

He also aimed to plant doubt about Constand’s story, saying it had progressed during her interviews with cops.

However Steele, the district lawyer, stated it was no accident that a few of Constand’s memories were defective.

“There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why? Because he drugged her to do this,” the district attorney informed jurors. “She spent a lot more time attempting to forget what took place than aiming to bear in mind that night.”

Before going on trial, Cosby revealed hope he could ultimately resume his profession. But TELEVISION networks had long given that ditched prepare for a comeback and pulled reruns from the air after his lurid deposition statement ended up being public.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who state they are victims of sexual attack unless they give consent, which Constand has actually done.

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