Prosecutors quickly announced that they would retry Bill Cosby after his sexual assault trial was declared a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury.
CBS News reported:
The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial declared a mistrial after jurors said they were deadlocked after five days of deliberations.
The jury informed Judge Steven T. O’Neill it was “deadlocked on all counts” in a note Saturday morning. O’Neill asked jurors if they were “hopeless[ly] deadlocked,” and each stood and agreed they were.
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office said it will immediately retry the case. Cosby remains free on bail.
The mistrial is not good news, but at best it represents justice delayed, not justice denied for the many victims of Cosby’s decades of rape and sexual assault. The mistrial demonstrates that in the American justice system it is money that matters most. Cosby like many other rich celebrity defendants was able to muddy the waters and create enough doubt in the jurors to deadlock the jury.
As NBC’s Ron Allen reported:
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) June 17, 2017
Bill Cosby remains out on bail. There is still a possibility for justice for Cosby’s more than 60 victims, but the combination of celebrity, money, and a justice system that is rigged in many ways against victims of rape and sexual assault will be difficult to overcome.