Bill Cosby's Rape Case Declared a Mistrial After Jury Is 'Hopelessly Deadlocked'
Two years later, it appears Cosby's sexual assault case is still undecided.
Bill Cosby's sexual assault case hit a major impasse on Saturday after a judge declared a mistrial.
"I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory," said Judge Steven O'Neill. "A mistrial is merely the justice system at work."
The decision followed a "hopelessly deadlocked" jury's inability to pass down a unanimous vote. According to the Independent, jurors had reached that deadlock early in the week, and had been reviewing testimony since in hopes of some change. The jury was comprised of seven men and five women.
Cosby, iconic actor and comedian, was on trial for three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, who claims he attacked her in 2004. Constand is one of many women accusing the 79-year-old of using drugs and coercion to sexually assault them.
Despite Judge O'Neill's reminder that a mistrial doesn't equal a "not guilty" verdict, Cosby's publicist reportedly painted the result in a favorable light, claiming it "restored" the actor's power.
"Justice is alive in Montgomery County," Cosby's attorney, Brian McMonagle, said during a press meeting held directly after the mistrial announcement. "We wanted an acquittal, but like the Rolling Stones song says, you can't always get what you want; sometimes you get what you need."
The case seemed to reflect both sides of the public narrative exactly, prosecution arguing Cosby used his power, wealth, and authority to take advantage of younger women while defense painted the alleged victims as purely in it for the money.
Prosecution says the mistrial is not the end of the case, vowing to pursue justice despite the snag.
District Attorney Kevin Steele said Constand is "entitled to a verdict," and that while he was disappointed by the result of this trial, he was confident in the strength of their case and reiterated his intention to see justice for sexual assault victims.
The Montgomery County DA subsequently confirmed via Twitter that the case will be retried.