The charges against Bill Cosby and their potential sentences


Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017.

"They came here and deliberated long and hard over days, 52 hours of deliberations".

In a statement issued jointly with her lawyers on Saturday, Constand thanked prosecutors and police who worked on her case.

Cosby's defence attorney Brian McMonagle proclaimed: "Justice is real".

Cosby had been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand: penetration while she was unconscious, penetration without her consent, and penetration after intoxicating her without her knowledge. The trial was over the alleged 2004 drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former employee Temple University, at Cosby's Philadelphia home.

It was announced Saturday that the jury in the case against Cosby was deadlocked, so the judge declared a mistrial. Three are defamation cases in which accusers say Cosby defamed them as liars, and two are civil assault lawsuits.

The jury tells the judge that it "cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts".

Gasps could be heard in the courtroom as District Attorney Kevin Steele said he intends to retry the case.

It was the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women that cast Cosby - married more than 50 years - as a serial predator who gave drugs to women before violating them.

According to portions of Cosby's deposition, he gave Constand Benadryl to "relax" her during a consensual sexual encounter. "She's 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 and we will push forward to try to get that done".

In defending their client, Cosby's lawyers have invoked the changing public discussion around sexual assault to imply that the deck is stacked against him-to imply that female accusers have developed an unfair, outsized power against men.

Since Thursday morning, when the jurors told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill they were having trouble reaching agreement, they have spent almost 24 hours either discussing the case in a conference room or re-hearing trial testimony in the courtroom. She alleges that Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe in 1982. Judge Steven O'Neill has declared a mistrial in the case against the 79-year-old comedian.

"She has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said. They may also be able to query jurors about the deliberations in hopes of learning something that may make their arguments more convincing. The jurors have been trying to break a deadlock.

During their deliberations, jurors sent a string of questions to the judge, asking to rehear the testimonies of five trial witnesses and Cosby's previous deposition testimony.

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this terrible thing".