US judge sets Bill Cosby retrial for November 6

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NEW YORK: A Pennsylvania judge ruled Thursday that disgraced US entertainer Bill Cosby would go back on trial for alleged sexual assault on November 6, after a first trial ended with a deadlocked jury. Judge Steven O’Neill, who was forced to declare a mistrial on June 17 when the 12-member panel failed to reach a unanimous verdict, made the announcement in a written order from Norristown, just outside Philadelphia. O’Neill ordered lawyers for both sides to submit any proposed jury selection questions and instructions no later than October 30. The first panel, which was selected in Pittsburgh, spent 52 hours deliberating, working late into the night before failing to reach a unanimous verdict on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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