At impasse, Bill Cosby jury tests patience of judge, defense

A judge recently denied Mr Cosby's motion to dismiss the case, and a trial has been scheduled for June 2018.

Cosby was immediately told to expect a retrial by Montgomery County's District Attorney's Office. Even though the machinations of a retrial would be handled by attorneys, the ultimate decision of the next panel of jurors will be, once again, heavily dependent on their assessment of Constand and Cosby.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby's publicity team is going on the attack after a jury deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman in a case that followed dozens of similar accusations.

Constand, now 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

"We have made the determination of moving forward, and it lies in the fact she deserves a verdict in this this case ... and we will push forward to try and get justice done", Prosecutor Kevin Steele said during a press conference shortly after the legal announcement was made.

Among the women who huddled with Constand was Victoria Valentino, who said Cosby assaulted her almost five decades ago.

The mistrial leaves in limbo a large slice of American popular culture from Cosby's six-decade career as a comedian and actor.

Although Cosby remains out of jail on $1 million bond after the ruling, the comedian's publicist Andrew Wyatt said his client felt the result was a "total victory".

She said the incident left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.

In civil lawsuits in the United States, plaintiffs need only show that the weight of evidence is on their side, meaning they have information to tip the scales above 50 per cent in their favour, as opposed to criminal cases in which prosecutors must prove claims beyond a reasonable doubt.

The comedian also faces a defamation lawsuit by model Janice Dickinson, who claims Mr Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.

Cosby had previously admitted to having an affair, McMonagle said, but that was not what he had been on trial for.

Kirkpatrick, who alleges that Cosby sexually assaulted her after she attended his show in 1981, said she would gladly testify against Cosby at the next trial if the judge allows it. How do I describe the judge?

Constand testified she was mistaken, and prosecutors called a psychologist who said victims of sexual violence sometimes have trouble remembering details and engage in seemingly irrational behavior.

Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would have been to control. Heinously and exploitatively ambitious, ' Camille Cosby said in the statement. "Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney", she said in her statement, which was tweeted by her husband and read by an associate of the public relations firm representing Cosby.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault - penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant without the subject's knowledge. His lawyers had argued the sex was consensual.

But Steele, the district attorney, said it was no accident that some of Constand's memories were faulty.

  • Salvatore Jensen