Bill Cosby will face another criminal prosecution.
A trial date of Nov. 6 has been set by Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Judge Steven O’Neill, the District Attorney announced Thursday via Twitter.
A 12-member jury split on whether to convict or acquit the icon in June on three counts of indecent aggravated assault stemming from a 2004 incident between Cosby and former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
After more than 52 hours of deliberation, the panel alerted O’Neill that they could not reach a unanimous verdict. Prosecutor Kevin Steele immediately announced plans to retry the case despite having brought the proceedings just inside the statute of limitations and after campaigning on prosecuting Cosby.
Tom Mesereau, the famous attorney who successfully defended actor Robert Blake against charges of murdering his wife murder of his wife and pop star Michael Jackson against child molestation charges, told TMZ that a retrial is a waste of time and taxpayers’ money.
“I predicted the mistrial,” Mesereau said. ” I thought the defense would win and they did a great job. Whenever prosecutors lose, they immediately say they want a retrial. It’s a weak case and they should have known that.
“It’s a very weak case and I think the judge helped Bill Cosby when he limited the other accusers who could testify in the case and, on the other hand, he helped the prosecution when the one witness the defense wanted to use to impeach the accuser the judge wouldn’t let in,” Mesereau said.
So far, neither Cosby nor spokesman Andrew Wyatt have commented on the retrial announcement.