Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks again

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Friday

Bill Cosby left the Montgomery County Courthouse Saturday with his legal fate still in limbo.

The jury were unable to reach a verdict across three separate counts of sexual assault.

As the mistrial was declared, Cosby sat at the defense table with his chin held high, a flat, blank look on his face.

When they told the judge Saturday morning they were still deadlocked, he declared a hung jury and a mistrial.

A judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case after the jury said it's hopelessly deadlocked.

Prosecutors have four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

As NPR's Gene Demby has written, Cosby was a black luminary who served not just as a racial and cultural ambassador to white America, but also as a financial backer of black America. "It has been restored", said Andrew Wyatt, his spokesman.

Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents both Allison and Kirkpatrick, warned the Cosby camp his accusers were far from finished.

The lawyers appealed for privacy for Constand and her family.

"How do I describe many, but not all, general media?"

And in a scathing statement read aloud by a representative, Cosby's wife, Camille, called the the district attorney "heinously and exploitatively ambitious" and the judge "overtly and arrogantly collaborating" with him - among other allegations.

At the time, Constand worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

Constand, 44, said under oath during the Pennsylvania trial that Cosby gave her three blue pills and penetrated her with his fingers as she lay "frozen" on a couch. Just before she lost consciousness, Constand testified, "I began to slur my words, and I also told Mr. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him, that I could see two of him".

"There may not be enough evidence for a criminal conviction, but that does not rule out a civil verdict", said Harris.

The prosecution is indicating that it will try the case again.

But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Day 4 they were at impasse. It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit.

The "big problem" with the trial was the inability of several other accusers to testify, Allred said. "I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory".

Jurors have already discussed the case for more than 50 hours since Monday, leading to Cosby's lawyer to push for a mistrial.

Cosby's defense team questioned Constand's credibility, pointing to inconsistencies in her accounts to the police, and argued that the 2004 encounter was consensual and "romantic". Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle told the jury his client had been unfaithful to his wife that was not against the law.

"We're talking about all the man's tomorrows", said McMonagle, urging acquittal of an icon in the twilight of life. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jello-O pudding.

But it was his reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each one punishable by up to 10 years behind bars.

However, dozens of women came forward in 2015, describing Cosby as a sexual predator who targeted women over decades.

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