Prosecutors to retry Bill Cosby after sexual assault case ends in mistrial
Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case ended in a mistrial on Saturday, with jurors reporting hopeless deadlock over charges that the comedian drugged and violated a woman in 2004. Montgomery County district attorney Kevin Steele immediately said prosecutors would seek to retry Cosby on the same charges. They will have 120 days to do so.
After deliberating for more than 52 hours since Monday, a weary panel told Judge Steven T O’Neill that they could not reach consensus against the 79-year-old, who faced three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each carrying a possible 10-year prison term.
In a press conference, Steele said Cosby’s accuser, Andrea Constand, was “entitled to a verdict” and said his team would “push forward and try to get … justice done”. Asked if he would consider a lesser charge, Steele said: “The charges are what they are.”
Outside the courthouse, Cosby stood with head bowed as his publicist and attorneys made statements over shouted questions from waiting media.