The criminal prosecution of sexual abuse against Bill Cosby had been declared void on Saturday on the grounds that the jury could not agree with a unanimous conclusion in a case that nearly destroyed the image of the 79-year-old comedian.
The jurors deliberated for more than 52 hours for six days prior to telling the judge they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on whether the star of your family comedy “The Cosby Show” drugged and sexually abused Andrea Constand, a staff member of the Temple University, at his residence within the suburbs of Philadelphia in 2004. The judge subsequently declared a null judgment.
Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced a person beside her.
Prosecutors explained they are going to retry Cosby, who’s got three counts of aggravated sexual abuse on him.
The comedian’s occupation and image were already wobbling when his main accuser said on the witness stand that Cosby gave her pills and inserted his fingers into her vaginal canal whilst she lay incapacitated on the couch, not able to tell him to stop.
However, the jury failed to agree with the decision. On the fourth day of the trial they told Judge Steven O’Neill that they were bogged down. He ordered them to keep trying to reach a unanimous decision. On Saturday they returned and told him they could not break the deadlock.
It was the sole criminal case arising from the allegations of more than Sixty ladies who showed a picture of Cosby, with more than 50 years of marriage, of the sexual predator that drugged women before raping them.
Cosby failed to declare in his own defense and make it possible for his lawyer argue that this meeting with Constand had been consensual. Attorney Brian McMonagle told jurors that although Cosby had been unfaithful to his wife, he did not commit a crime.
Cosby will be released with a one million dollar bail.
In a formal statement, disclosed in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, Cosby said that within the 70s he obtained a number of prescriptions for the metacualone drug and offered the now banned sedatives to females with whom she wished to have sex.
He also said he gave Constand a pill and a half of the Benadryl prior to the “caresses” began. Prosecutors claimed he drugged her with something more powerful.
The judge declared the trial void because the jurors failed to agree on the verdict