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The charges against Bill Cosby and their potential sentences

18 June 2017, 02:04 | Israel Caldwell

Bill Cosby gestures to fans as he departs the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 9 in Norristown

Bill Cosby gestures to fans as he departs the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 9 in Norristown

Judge Steven O'Neill reads what's known as a "dynamite" charge to remind them of their duty to try to find consensus, and he tells them to keep trying.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, the former director of women's basketball operations at Temple University, at his Cheltenham mansion in mid-January 2004. But in most of those cases, the statute of limitations had expired by the time the women told their stories publicly.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby looks on as his lawyer Brian McGonogle addresses the media outside the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 17, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Cosby, 79, remains charged with three second-degree felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, and each count carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

A jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before declaring itself hopelessly deadlocked. The charges against Cosby remain in place.

Andrea Constand is "entitled to a verdict in this case", District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference later Saturday. According to her website, her law firm handles "more women's rights cases than any other private firm in the nation and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims".

In civil lawsuits in the United States, plaintiffs need only show that the weight of evidence is on their side, meaning they have information to tip the scales above 50% in their favour, as opposed to criminal cases in which prosecutors must prove claims beyond a reasonable doubt.

And Steele would not comment on a statement released by Cosby's wife, Camille.

Kristina Ruehli said she "was particularly nauseated" with a statement Saturday from Cosby's wife, Camille, criticizing prosecutors, the judge and media. "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the statement read.

The charges against Bill Cosby and their potential sentences

Prosecutors get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

Constand is ready to go to trial again, said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

In another visit he gave her a mix of pills and wine that left her feeling "frozen" and "paralyzed" as he fondled her body and placed his hand on his genitals, the affidavit said.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.

While prosecutors fought to call 13 other accusers to testify against Cosby, only one, Kelly Johnson, was permitted to do so.

The portion of her mother's testimony where she talks about a 2.5-hour phone conversation with Cosby, about a year after the alleged assault.

'We can never overestimate the blinding power of celebrity.

Cosby's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the stand and described how Cosby gave her pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop.

But only after a man, comedian Hannibal Buress, called Cosby a rapist in a stand-up act in October 2014 did "public outcry begin in earnest", Bowman wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, repeating allegations that Cosby drugged and raped her.

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