The jurors deciding comedian Bill Cosby's fate at his sexual assault trial delved into his accuser's account on Wednesday, their third day of deliberations, but failed to reach a verdict.
Jurors told Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill Saturday they were "hopelessly deadlocked" on charges the comedian drugged and molested Andrea Constand.
"I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory", O'Neill said. This was the justice system, ' the judge explained.
Prosecutors said they would retry the case as soon as they can.
The District Attorney said he vows to retry the case.
The judge praised the jurors again before letting them return to their hotel Friday night.
Cosby's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the witness stand, and the prosecution's decision to pursue a second trial keeps him in legal limbo. "He thought he could bury us", said one, Linda Kirkpatrick.
"We know why we're here".
There hasn't yet been any indication how many jurors supported Cosby's conviction compared to how many believed him not guilty, information that would help shine some light on whether the same case is likely to be successful when brought to trial again. He left without commenting.
A judge declared a mistrial Saturday.
"Courageous", Steele told me is the word he uses to describe her. "And the citizens of Montgomery County, where this crime occurred, are entitled to a verdict in this case". "If a jury says so forth and so on, there's still public opinion", he said. "I feel bad for all of you, I really do".
That ambiguous ending capped a week's worth of testimony and another week of deliberations that raised questions about the role that race, sexual entitlement, a scandal-hungry media and Hollywood's casting-couch culture played in the ruin of a celebrity icon. During the course of the evening, Cosby allegedly provided Constand with wine, water and three blue pills, which she ingested at Cosby's urging.
"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.
At the time of the incident, she was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where Mr Cosby was on the board of trustees.
"Devastated, but more determined", she said. Prosecutors have suggested he might have given her quaaludes. "She's out and you're doing stuff to her?"
But throughout the trial, the defense - led by Philadelphia lawyer Brian J. McMonagle and co-counsel Angela Agrusa - sought to use earlier doubts about Constand's credibility against her.
Cosby maintained in a 2005 deposition that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress and had consensual relations.
"Why aren't we just owning it?"
"I want to thank the jury for their long days, their honest work", Cosby said. That's what it is. "Telling us stories, telling us jokes, making us smile". "We're not here because of Andrea Constand".
Cosby stared silently ahead, motionless, as each juror said yes when asked by the judge whether their deadlock would not be resolved by further deliberations.
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. That case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, and with a provision that barred either side from talking about the case.
Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. "'Probably' does not win criminal trials".
Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.