After five days and 52 hours of deliberations in the Norristown courthouse, the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby — the only criminal charges to emerge from the allegations of dozens of women who have said they were drugged and assaulted by the celebrity once known as “America’s Dad.” “I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory,” Montgomery County Judge Steven T.
The judge had sealed jurors’ names before the trial began, and urged them not to discuss their deliberations with the media.
By nightfall, the panel – and the six alternates chosen with them last month in Allegheny County – had been escorted back across the state, some to waiting families.
The tensions between Cosby’s publicity and legal machines had grown increasingly apparent, particularly after Wyatt, the garrulous spokesman, gave near-daily speeches on the courthouse steps, calling the trial unfair and decrying the process that had landed Cosby in court.
But the contents of those transcripts – including Cosby’s admission that he had obtained drugs in the past to use with women he hoped to seduce – piqued the interest of investigators in Montgomery County, who reopened the case in 2015.