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Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand thanks supporters for 'love and kindness'

Mae Harvey | 21 June, 2017, 02:11

One more time, the lanky former jock with the loose-limbed gait and the mound of curly hair is likely to sit across a courtroom from the lumbering and aging comedian who has made an elegant wooden cane his signature prop on the most unsafe stage of his storied career. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a. It's unclear how many jurors voted for conviction and how many wanted an acquittal. Steele vowed to retry the case in the coming months.

In some cases, such as terrorism or mob trials, anonymity is aimed at ensuring jurors' safety.

The mistrial followed almost 52 hours of jury deliberation. After the announcement, the District Attorney said prosecutors would retry the case against Cosby.

The decision came after around 52 hours of deliberation by the jury in Norristown, Pennsylvania-longer than the time it took for both the defense and prosecution to present their respective cases. McAndrews suggested that a jury pool could be drawn from the Harrisburg area of Dauphin County, or from the Scranton area of Lackawanna County.

Bill Cosby with his defense attorney, Angela Agrusa, after a mistrial was declared on Saturday. Granular details of the evidence were splayed across newspaper front pages and websites, parsed on radio talk shows and pored over in duelling spin contests.

Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home. "I don't believe it was a single holdout".

"Anything can happen because it's a new set of jurors". "They want the element of surprise".

McCoskey said he was "ridiculously sick" when he found out the jury was deadlocked.

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"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

One of Bill Cosby's accuser's reacts at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Prosecutors had asked to have 13 other women testify to bolster their allegation that Cosby had a history of drugging and molesting women, but Judge O'Neill allowed just one to take the stand. Barbara Ashcroft, who directs the trial advocacy program at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, doubts O'Neill would change his mind.

As an alternate, he heard all the testimony but didn't participate in deliberations. If prosecutors conclude the latter, they might seek new or additional experts. Cosby's wife, Camille - who skipped all but the defence closing argument - issued a blistering statement Saturday.

"It can never be clearer that if you speak up, you could be chilling the justice system in the future if jurors are needed in this case", O'Neill told them. It has also been reported that the prosecution may bring up Constand's sexuality in their second attempt at convicting Cosby.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The woman whose police complaint led to Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is thanking supporters in the wake of the jury deadlock. Afterward the women, who have bonded in the past 2.5 years since the scandal broke and grew even closer during the trial, were upbeat.

Steele said some good things came out of the trial, most significantly, that Constand was able to face Cosby in court and tell her story. "Next time is the big game".

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