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Judge O'Neill Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sex Assault Trial

Judge O'Neill Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sex Assault Trial

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have vowed to try him a second time. The jurors - because of pretrial publicity in the Philadelphia area, the jurors were drawn from Pittsburgh. But I'm incredibly hopeful hearing the district attorney saying he would retry this case.

The jury ultimately could not reach a decision as to whose version of events to believe - Cosby's, or that of his accuser Andrea Constand - and spent days asking to have testimony and statements read back to them.

The lawyers appealed for privacy for Constand and her family.

However, 79-year-old Cosby's defence counsel Angela Agrusa argued the sex was consensual.

While 44-year-old Constand is praying for justice the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., the only prosecutor to take a drugging and rape case against Cosby to trial, says he will purse a new trial. She called the judge overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney. Over two visits, she said, he touched her "without warning" and tried to unbutton her trousers before she stopped him.

A jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before declaring itself hopelessly deadlocked.

He reminded prosecutors and the defence that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody".

O'Neill also appeared to take issue with comments that Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, made to the media on Thursday night, when he said the judge should end the trial and send the jurors home for good.

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Cosby's wife, Camille, spoke out against the judicial system and media in a statement. "Heinously and exploitively ambitious", she said.

TAYLOR: You know I have for many reasons refrained from responding to or making characterizations about Mrs. Cosby because, in my mind, she, too, was a victim.

Cosby's attorney Brian McMonagle delivered a dramatic closing argument, highlighting Constand's inconsistencies and those of Johnson. It just means that this is an opportunity to retry it", she said, adding: "It's not over till it's over.

Camille Cosby is speaking out after her husband, Bill Cosby's, sexual assault case ended in a mistrial.

Her case is the only criminal prosecution against Cosby out of the more than 50 women who have accused the comedian of sexual misconduct and/or drugging. Judge Steven O'Neill told the jury he could not provide additional information. She claimed Cosby drugged and fondled her at his home.

Cosby pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case is seen as the biggest United States celebrity court case since the murder trial of former American football player OJ Simpson in 1995.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the goal of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.

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