Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sex assault case as jury deadlocks
Pennsylvania prosecutors vowed to retry comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after a jury failed to render a unanimous verdict despite 52 hours of deliberations.
Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial at 10.17am, following a note from jurors saying that they were hopelessly deadlocked on three counts of aggravated sexual assault.
The result was a victory for Cosby, 79, who had faced years in prison for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting college administrator Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.
But prosecutors immediately said they would seek a second trial, which O’Neill suggested could start within four months.
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“She’s entitled to a verdict in this case,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference.
Trump family pays its first visit to Camp David
President Donald Trump left with his wife and young son to spend the weekend at Camp David for the first time.
Since taking power on Jan 20, Trump has spent most weekends at his resort estate Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
But this time, Trump, First Lady Melania and their 11-year-old son Barron embarked on the Marine One helicopter for the short trip to the official US presidential retreat in the mountains of western Maryland, according to pool reports from journalists travelling with them.
French mayor arrested over clash with right-wing politician
A 55-year-old village mayor was arrested for allegedly attacking a prominent French right-wing parliamentary candidate while she was out campaigning.
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a flamboyant 44-year-old candidate for the Republicans party, was canvassing for votes at a Paris market when a man called her a “stupid bobo” – a blend of hipster and bourgeois – and shoved her leaflets in her face, causing her to fall.
The former environment minister blacked out for several minutes before being rushed to hospital.
Spanish bullfighter gored to death in French ring
A Spanish bullfighter died after he tripped in the ring and was gored in the chest by the bull in southwestern France, according to media reports.
Ivan Fandino, 36, was rushed to hospital, but later died from his injuries, Spanish news agency EFE reported.
Fandino stumbled after tripping on a cape used in a turn to engage and distract the specially-bred fighting bull, and the animal then pierced the matador’s side with one of his horns.
Badminton: Unseeded players dominate Indonesia Open semis
A host of unseeded players cruised into the finals of the Indonesia Open after defeating several top ranked shuttlers in the tournament.
India’s Srikanth Kidambi (above) booked his spot in the final after scoring a stunning victory against world number one Son Wan Ho of South Korea.
Kidambi, currently ranked 22nd globally, managed to gain the upperhand against the South Korean in opening set before losing control halfway through the match. He eventually managed to regain his composure, defeating Son by 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 in the hard-fought match.