Judge Steven O’Reilly presiding over the trial of American comedian, Bill Cosbyfor s3xual assault, declared a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict in the case.
Cosby was standing trial for allegedly drugging and s3xually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004. He pleaded not guilty.
The implication of a mistrial is that the comedian is free of the charges even though the prosecution may choose to try him again under the right circumstances, and has decided to do just that.
Judge O’Reilly declared mistrial when it became clear that the jurors – 5 women and 7 men – were unable to reach a unanimous decision about Bill Cosby’s guilt or innocence. They had deliberated for over 52 hours spread across 6 days without reaching a consensus.
It may however be too early for Cosby’s fans to celebrate as the prosecutors have announced plans to retry the case and hope to get more of his accusers to testify at the new trial.
Attorney Gloria Alllred who represents many of Cosby’s accusers is quoted by the CNN to have said: “If the court allows more accusers to testify…it might make a difference.”