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Cosby jury begins sixth day of deliberations

Bill Cosby walks with his publicist Andrew Wyatt during deliberations in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse Cosby jury begins sixth day of deliberations
Bennie Garza | 18 June, 2017, 09:59

Legal experts said that in the absence of any physical evidence, the case was always going to come down to credibility, which means any retrial will largely include much of the same testimony.

After a mistrial was declared in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case, a member of Cosby's public relations team read a heated statement from the comedian's wife, Camille Cosby.

The prosecution made it clear immediately following the mistrial that they have no plans of abandoning the case, and will have Cosby retried.

Best known for starring in and producing the highly successful 1980s television sitcom "The Cosby Show", the television-actor could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on each count if convicted.

"Mr. Cosby's power is back. the jurors, they used their power to speak".

Constand was one of dozens of women who accused Cosby of sexual assault over a decades-long time period, but hers has been the only one to result in a criminal trial.

Angela Agrusa, another one of Cosby's attorneys, blamed prosecutors for the mistrial.

As for Cosby, she had another message for him.

Lawyers for Andrea Constand issued a statement on her behalf Saturday.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. These were confirmed by Cosby himself in a 2005 court deposition arising from Constand's civil lawsuit, for which she is reported to have received a hefty settlement.

"If it's 11-1 in favor of guilty, the prosecution retries the case under the assumption there is one unusual holdout juror that for whatever reason never budged", says Alan Tuerkheimer, a Chicago-based jury consultant who followed the case. He said Constand "is entitled to a verdict in this case and the citizens of Montgomery County, where this crime occurred, are entitled to a verdict in this case". Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney.

At a hearing, the jury said it could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the counts being faced by the TV entertainer.

The jury is deliberating for a fifth day on Friday.

The jury appeared unable to agree on which version of the night in question to believe: Constand's or Cosby's. Constand's mother also testified that Cosby called her and apologized for what he had done to Andrea.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand at his home in 2004.

The mistrial was a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby. Though the 79-year old did not take the stand during his trial, his defense claimed that the encounter was consensual.

The sequestered jury of seven men and five women paused deliberations many times to revisit testimony or ask for clarity on the phrasing of the charges.

"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal is ... it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court", Ms Troiani said.

A new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury.

Drugging and sexually violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Jurors have already discussed the case for more than 50 hours since Monday, leading to Cosby's lawyer to push for a mistrial. The judge however told the jurors, "Do not feel like you've let the justice system down", before turning to Cosby and telling him, "It's not a failure or a victory".

Allred, feminist celebrity lawyer, attended the trial, yakking to reporters even when they didn't care to yack back. However, the jurors still remained in what they called a "hopeless deadlock".

They've deliberated almost 40 hours since getting the case.

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