Judge declares mistrial in Cosby case

Cosby's lawyer, judge clash as jury pushes patience, clock

Cosby's lawyer, judge clash as jury pushes patience, clock

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

Bill Cosby's chief accuser is thanking prosecutors for taking her case after a jury failed to agree on a verdict.

The lawyers appealed for privacy for Constand and her family.

Two have brought claims against the 79-year-old entertainer for sexual assault.

If they can't break the deadlock, O'Neill could declare a hung jury and a mistrial. "It has been restored", said Andrew Wyatt, his spokesman.

Every morning Bill Cosby would arrive in a simple black van - a deliberately humble choice of vehicle for a man with hundreds of millions of dollars and mansions scattered across the country.

Paul Callan, who represented the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson in a civil case against her ex-husband, former football star O.J. Simpson, after he was found not guilty of her murder, said courts are much stricter in excluding evidence in criminal cases because a conviction could lead to incarceration.

Steele says he's disappointed the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision.

He remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, while Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them. Constand did not appear at the news conference.

After the questioning was done, Cosby sat back in his chair, holding a slender cane that has been with him inside the courtroom each day to his chest. "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the statement said.

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On Wednesday, the abandoned green Honda was found concealed in some woods behind a drug store near the house that was burglarized. Monica, 42, and Billue, 58, are being remembered as having had an "unwavering commitment to their job and their love of family".

Another Cosby accuser, Jewel Allison, also spoke to the media following the mistrial. That's where authorities say Cosby met Constand.

Constand knew Cosby through her job at Temple University in Philadelphia, and he invited her to his Cheltenham home. The defense tried to block the deposition from trial, but since there was no written agreement in 2005 with then D.A. Bruce Castor not to charge Cosby, he agreed to the deposition.

The meaning of the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the three counts against him.

The mistrial was a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby.

He denied any political motivation in his handling of the Cosby case.

Then, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

"We felt really good about the case" when it closed, Steele said.

The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system". Cosby faced three charges of aggravated indecent assault. On Friday, they asked the judge for the definition the words.

Judge Steven O'Neill refused, saying there's no precedent to halt the jury's work.

Deliberations resume Saturday. Jurors have been working for 52 hours since getting the case on Monday.

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