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November Date Set for Cosby’s Sexual Assault Retrial

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November Date Set for Cosby’s Sexual Assault Retrial

United States - June, 2017: Illustrative editorial image of court case document for defendant Bill Cosby v. plaintiff Andrea Constand for trial held at Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania.

United States – June, 2017: Illustrative editorial image of court case document for defendant Bill Cosby v. plaintiff Andrea Constand for trial held at Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania.

A new date has been set for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial. A judge announced on Friday that the comedian will once again go on trial starting November 6.

The trial date is nearly five months since a judge declared his previous sexual assault trial a mistrial. The jury was deadlocked after 52 hours of deliberation over six days. After being unable to come to a verdict, the judge declared a mistrial.

“You’ve worked so hard,” said the judge. “I’m compelled to declare a mistrial. It is neither a vindication or a victory. This was the justice system.”

Cosby was charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from an incident in 2004 involving Andrea Constand. Cosby was accused of drugging and molesting Constand in his Philadelphia home.

Constand told the jury that Cosby gave her pills that made her feel dizzy and penetrated her with his fingers while she lay on the couch unable to move.

Cosby has maintained that he is innocent.

Camille Cosby’s wife criticized the prosecution after the trial ended in a mistrial.

“How do I describe the district attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious,” she said in a statement. “How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical.”

One jury member spoke out on the condition of anonymity, telling ABC News that 10 out of 12 jurors thought he was guilty on the first and third felony count. One juror believed he was guilty on the second count.

One alternate juror, who was unable to talk about the case during deliberations, said he felt “ridiculously sick” when he learned that the jury had not reached a verdict.

“I probably would have convicted based on the evidence I heard,” he said.

 

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