The Pennsylvania court has announced a mistrial in the high profile case against actor Bill Cosby. After six days of deliberation, the jury announced that it had reached a dead-block in the case against the famous comedian accused of sexually assaulting two women. The prosecution has already announced that it will file a motion for a retrial: “It’s too early to celebrate Mr. Cosby.”
Bill Cosby in court today Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
The court in Norristown, Pennsylvania announced on Saturday that the case against Bill Cosby, accusing him of aggravated indecent assault, ended in a mistrial. The jury could not reach a unanimous decision after deliberations that lasted six days. They had apparently asked 12 questions during the proceedings and spent over 53 hours working on the case. The prosecution was quick to announce that it would apply for a new trial.
“Juries are stuck when a prosecutor seeks to put someone in prison for things that are simply not presented in the courtroom,” said Angela Agrusa, a member of Cosby’s defense team. “And the jury stuck to what they were asked to do and that is to review the evidence before them and there simply wasn’t enough.”
Cosby arrives in court with TV daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam Photo Credit: Twitter/ Channel 2 News
From the opposing counsel, Attorney Gloria Allred clarified that a mistrial does not represent the end of the case. “We can never underestimate the blinding power of celebrity, but justice will come,” she said. “If the court allows more accusers to testify…it might make a difference. In other words, it’s too early to celebrate Mr. Cosby. Round two may be just around the corner.”
Cosby appeared in court at the start of the month for his first trial on charges of sexual assault. He is accused of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, a University employee at Temple University in Philadelphia, in 2004. Cosby showed up in court supported by actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter Rudy on his well-known sitcom “The Cosby Show.”
Cosby has denied the charges against him which were first heard in 2005. In 2006, Cosby closed a civil suit filed against him by Constand with a compensation deal, after a criminal court refused to hear her complaint. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, but the trial has focused on Constand’s and another anonymous complainant’s testimonies.