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Cosby jury unable to reach unanimous verdict, mistrial declared

The jury trying megastar Bill Cosby on three counts of aggravated indecent assault has been unable to reach a verdict after six days of deliberations. A unanimous verdict is required in felony criminal cases.

After urging the jury on Thursday to continue deliberating after they had reached a deadlock, the judge seemed resigned on Saturday when the jury announced it was unable to continue. He declared a mistrial. The district attorney who brought the case immediately announced he plans to retry it.

"This is neither a vindication or a victory," said the judge before praising the jury for its service. He also asked the members of the jury not to discuss the details of their deliberations. "They are yours and yours alone," he told them.

That means there will likely be no additional information about the vote count or the state of the deliberations. What we do know is that the jury was made up of seven men -- six white and one African-American -- and five women, again with only one African-American. We do not know whether the jury was mostly in favor of acquittal or conviction, and we do not know what issue stalled and ultimately ended the jury's service.

Cosby was facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which in Pennsylvania, where the case is being tried, can be defined as penetration without consent, while the person is unconscious, or after giving the person an intoxicant. Cosby was accused of all three types, and each is punishable by up to 10 years behind bars. If he had been convicted, Cosby would almost certainly have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The case largely depended on the credibility of two complaining witnesses. The first was the alleged victim of the crimes charged, who claims that Cosby drugged and raped her in 2004. Although dozens of other women have also accused Cosby, only one additional complainant was allowed to testify. She claims Cosby perpetrated the same act against her in 1996.

Guilty or innocent, a hung jury does Cosby's reputation no good

The collected work of Cosby's six-decade career could be extraordinarily valuable, but most of his work has been considered untouchable since the allegations first surfaced. If Cosby's supporters had hoped to turn that around with an acquittal in the only criminal case against him, they were disappointed.

Several women whose cases were time-barred by the statute of limitations have ongoing civil cases against the megastar, however. They have sued for slander after Cosby's representatives accused them of fabricating their complaints.

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