With Judge Steven T. O’Neill declaring a mistrial on Saturday morning,
Bill Cosby’s criminal sexual-assault trial has officially ended in
limbo. The twelve-person jury had been deliberating since late Monday,
working morning to night; they asked twelve questions, revisited large
portions of the evidence, and reported themselves deadlocked on
Thursday, only to be ordered back into deliberations by the judge.
Finally, after fifty-two hours of debate—their discussions ended up
stretching longer than the presentation of evidence in the case—they
declared again that they would be unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
Judge O’Neill accepted the defense’s motion for a mistrial, telling the
court that this outcome represented “neither a vindication or a victory” for either side.
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Source: Cultures & Arts