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Cosby case is about much more than him: Lena

Cosby case is about much more than him: Lena

Jurors told Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill Saturday they were "hopelessly deadlocked" on charges the comedian drugged and molested Andrea Constand. In 2004, Andrea Constand was allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby.

"I personally can not thank Andrea Constand enough", said Heidi Thomas, who has said Cosby assaulted her in 1984. But prosecutors immediately said they would seek a second trial, which O'Neill suggested could start within four months.

After the decision Saturday, the only words from the Cosby family were from his wife, Camille, who blasted the prosecutors, the judge and the media in a statement read by a representative.

The jurors did not speak with reporters, but their inability to reach a verdict, after more than 100 hours of testimony and deliberations in this suburban Philadelphia courtroom, brought home how divided opinions are about Cosby - and about a lot more.

"As I said before, about the carrying-ons, I said "listen, we don't run from the fact that this is a man who danced outside his marriage". Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney.

The mistrial leaves in limbo a large slice of American popular culture from Cosby's six-decade career as a comedian and actor. Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case.

Both prosecution and the defense will likely take a hard look at how the case was presented.

Cosby is not out of the woods yet, as the district attorney from Montgomery County, Penn., could choose to retry the case. It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, pointed out that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault.




He remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but his spokesman Andrew Wyatt declared the star's "power is back". And even those who can still quote from old Cosby routines will be hard-pressed to do so again without wincing at thoughts of the source and this comedy legend's tragic last act. He faces defamation and sexual battery lawsuits filed in two states - MA and California - from seven other accusers, some of whom were in the Norristown courtroom throughout his trial.

One of the most popular television series in history, it propelled Cosby - a man raised by a maid and a US Navy cook - into a life of fame and wealth.

The charges against Cosby, three felony counts, carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The case involving Constand followed a long path to prosecution.

Lawyers for Cosby, 79, have said throughout that their client is innocent of all accusations. That case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum, and with a provision that barred either side from talking about the case.

If the panel can't break the deadlock, the judge could declare a hung jury and a mistrial.

The defense had more trouble trying to discredit Constand, 44, who spent some seven hours on the witness stand. Cosby's lawyers hammered home the point that she doesn't know just when it happened, and they questioned why she had regular phone contact with Cosby later that spring, including more than 50 calls with him. O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision.

Cosby's defense lawyers, however, argued that Constand's account could not be trusted after they pointed to numerous discrepancies in her statements to police in 2005, when she first reported the encounter, which occurred almost a year earlier.


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