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Mistrial declared in case against Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor once known as America’s Dad for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, avoided a conviction on Father’s Day weekend as a jury deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago. Excoriated by the defense for charging Cosby in the first place, District Attorney Kevin Steele pledged to put him on trial a second time, saying accuser Andrea Constand supported the decision. By sowing doubt among one or more jurors, Cosby’s lawyers managed to overcome two years of unrelentingly bad publicity for their client after the public release of his damaging testimony about drugs and sex, as well as a barrage of accusations from 60 women who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. Constand told jurors Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. The jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against the comedian, ending the trial without a verdict. Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney, said her statement, which was tweeted by her husband and read by an associate of the public relations firm representing Cosby.

Article by By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak (c) Page One News - Read full story here.