A judge in the state of Pennsylvania has just declared a
mistrial in the high profile, Bill Cosby sexual assault case.
After a ten day trial and six days of deliberation, the seven
men and five women of the jury were unable to come to a
unanimous decision. During this trail, the comedian was charged
with three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from
a 2004 incident involving former Temple University basketball
staffer Andrea Constand.
Constand took the stand and testified that she was drugged by
Cosby during the incident, and therefore she was unable to
consent. Though the 79-year old did not take the stand during
his trial, his defense claimed that the encounter was
consensual. If Cosby had been found guilty of the assault, he
would have faced a maximum of ten years in prison for each
count of assault for a total of thirty years.
Though the case has ended in a mistrial, prosecutors have
stated that they will be retrying the case immediately. Judge
Steve T. O’Neill said he would be scheduling a new trial in the
next four months.
Los Angeles Times is reporting that Attorney
Gloria Allred who is representing a number of Cosby’s many
accusers told the press that, “We can never overestimate the
blinding power of celebrity. But justice will come.”
Meanwhile, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said, ”Johnnie
Cochrane is looking down smiling. The legacy didn’t go
anywhere. It has been restored.”
A new trial date has not yet been set in this case, and as far
as other allegations, Cosby has continually denied any