Bill Cosby trial hung jury

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Judge overseeing Bill Cosby case declares mistrial after jury can’t reach consensus

The prosecution isn't giving up yet.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Jun 17, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 2:47 am CDT

The judge overseeing the Bill Cosby sexual assault case declared a mistrial on Saturday after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked.

The hung jury means that Cosby can go free for now, but the prosecution immediately said it will retry Cosby.

The jury, made up of five women and seven men, told Judge Stephen O’Neill on Thursday that it was deadlocked and couldn’t come to a decision on whether Cosby was guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby’s defense lawyers asked for a mistrial then, but O’Neill sent the jury back to continue deliberations.

By Saturday, after six days of jury deliberation, apparently nothing had changed.

Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, and in this case, Andrea Constand, a former Temple University official, accused Cosby of drugging her and sexually assaulting her in 2004. But the jury apparently couldn’t decide whether it believed her.

According to Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, the comedian’s “power is back.” He also said the prosecuting lawyers, including Gloria Allred, should go back to law school and “take another class.”

And here’s what Cosby’s wife had to say.

Cosby didn’t testify on his own behalf in the trial, but he did have something to say when leaving the courtroom on Friday.

“I just want to wish all of the fathers a Happy Father’s Day and I want to thank all of the jury for their long days, their honest work individually,” Cosby said, via CNN. “ … I also want to thank the supporters who’ve been here and please to the supporters, stay calm, do not argue with people, just keep up the great support. Thank you all. Thank you.”

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*First Published: Jun 17, 2017, 10:02 am CDT