Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

The Montgomery County sheriff's department estimates it will have spent $100,000 to provide security during Bill Cosby's 11-day sexual assault trial that ended Saturday in a mistrial. "I am eternally grateful for the messages I have received in recent days".

Gianna Constand testified that Cosby described himself as a "sick old man" during a phone call with her, but refused to disclose what pills he'd given her daughter. Prior to the said deliberation, Judge Steven O'Neill said the case was deadlocked and asked the court to try deliberating again.

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias commented on the prospects for a new trial: "The fact that the case turned substantially on one person's testimony may have made it hard to win and the defense counsel made many efforts to undercut her testimony".

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What remains to be calculated is the cost to select a jury from Allegheny County because of concerns about pretrial publicity, the transportation of the 12 jurors and six alternates to Montgomery County, their lodging at a nearby hotel for two weeks and their meals.

"I probably would've convicted", he said, "based on the evidence I heard".

Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors' names, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions. According to the prosecution, if the jurors names are made public, they will be subjected to a "publicity onslaught" and picking a second jury will become well nigh impossible.

"I would have voted to convict", McCloskey told the morning hosts on WDVE. "The jurors, they used their power to speak", the spokesman said.

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Countless women came forward against Cosby, saying that he also drugged and assaulted them.

Cosby, the actor and comedian once known as "America's Dad", was charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. Meanwhile, Montgomery County's District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Constand is "entitled to a verdict" in the case so there has to be another trial.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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