A Norristown, Pennsylvania, judge declared a mistrial in a court case that accused entertainer Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting a former employee of his alma mater in his home in 2004.
Cosby, 79, could have been convicted of three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault that carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors had four months to decide whether to retry the case or abandon it, though reporters on the scene said the Montgomery County district attorney’s office already plans to retry Cosby.
Jurors first told (Judge) O’Neill they were deadlocked on Thursday after 30 hours of deliberations that started Monday. He gave them the standard instruction to continue deliberating without compromising any of their individual beliefs.
Also from the link (I always like to know why): Defense strategy focused on discrepancies in the version of events provided by plaitniff Andrea Constand and other prosecution witnesses during cross-examination. Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt argued that the deadlocked jury proved jurors were “conflicted about the inconsistencies.”