A U.S. judge declared a mistrial Saturday in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case after the jury remained deadlocked on whether the fallen star was guilty of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004, but prosecutors vowed to seek a retrial. Gloria, who, like Cosby, is a Philadelphia native, was a fixture at the sexual assault trial as a show of support for the accusers.
"Mr. Cosby's power is back".
He was eventually charged in December 2015, just days before the statute of limitations was set to expire. They told Judge Steven O'Neill on the fourth day that they could not reach a unanimous verdict.
Steadfast Cosby supporters can point to juror division as evidence of a prosecution case that was far from open-and-shut.
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Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele stated that they will retry the case.
Bruce Castor, the ex-prosecutor who passed on Constand's case in 2005, said Saturday that he was disappointed but not surprised in Steele's failure to win a conviction.
Janice Dickinson, the model and reality TV personality, said in a November 2014 interview that Cosby sexually assaulted her after the two had dinner at Lake Tahoe in 1982. Instead, a publicist read a blistering statement from his wife, Camille, who had been in court during one day of the trial but was not at the courthouse Saturday.
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There seems little doubt all this will be rehashed with prosecutors vowing to retry Cosby.
More than 60 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct, alleging a pattern of sexual abuse over decades.
Former teen actor Barbara Bowman told her story to many media outlets in the years after Constand went public. "She spent a lot more time trying to forget what happened than trying to remember that night".
Referring to the comedian, Masten said she "will not degrade myself to ever" utter his name again. We commend those prosecutors who raise awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the affect the drug has on the victim's memory and the ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury.
It continued, "We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced". Johnson alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996. In a press conference held shortly after the mistrial was announced, Steele said Constand was "courageous" and "a positive person" who "has kept all of us going through a number of days when we were waiting for a jury to come back".
Jurors have already discussed the case for more than 50 hours since Monday, leading to Cosby's lawyer to push for a mistrial. "It was too late for her to sue for rape or for drugging, but once he, through his representatives, called her a liar, she had a fresh claim for defamation and that's the lawsuit that we filed".
Cosby's lawyers have denied the charges.