After more than fifty hours of deliberation, the jury failed to agree. Made famous by the tv series the Cosby Show (1984-1992), the comedian Bill Cosby faced up to thirty years in prison. The trial of the american actor, has been cancelled on Saturday, the jury having failed to determine a verdict unanimously on any of the charges, after more than fifty hours of deliberation. The prosecutor of the county of Montgomery, Kevin Steele, who had accused the actor, has immediately indicated that he would require the holding of a new trial, as authorized by the law. This is a terrible blow for him, his arguments have not convinced the entire jury.
But it is a victory for the actor, 79-year-old accused of sexual assault on Andrea Constand in 2004, even if the prospect of a new trial is already emerging. The announcement of the cancellation of the first trial, Bill Cosby has shown no reaction.
The jurors deadlocked
It remains charged and on bail, ” said judge Steven O’neill. American justice requires the unanimity of the jury for a verdict can be pronounced. On Thursday, jurors had already indicated they were in a stalemate. The judge asked them to continue their discussions. Over twenty hours of debate, additional have failed to reach a verdict.