"I was relieved when they said mistrial, because it means that it wasn't an acquittal", says Linda Kirkpatrick, who is not involved in the current case but is one of dozens of women who have accused the entertainer of sexual assault.
Prosecutors have already confirmed they will retry The Cosby Show star, who sat motionless as the jury returned to the courtroom in Pennsylvania on Saturday, and appeared to frown as Judge O'Neill declared a mistrial in the case.
The 79-year-old Cosby, who had pleaded not guilty to drugging and molesting the former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team Andrea Constand, in 2004, will be released on bail.
The judge allowed only one other alleged victim testify against Cosby to help establish a pattern of behavior, even though prosecutors had hoped to include testimony from 13 other alleged victims. Prosecutors reportedly intend to seek retrial of the case, but the result is a blow to Cosby's many accusers and women like them who too often face uphill battles in their fight for justice after reporting sex crimes.
VETERAN American entertainer Bill Cosby walked home a freeman yesterday after a United States judge declared a mistrial in his sex assault case.
But Cosby's reputation remains in tatters, following a slew of sexual assault allegations from about 60 women that have destroyed the "America's dad" image he built as star of the long-running 1980s TV comedy "The Cosby Show".
The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they were at impasse.
Bill Cosby did not take the stand at his sexual assault trial but according to those close to him, the accused comedian had plenty to say about the proceedings.
Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her.
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He did not take the stand in his own defense, leaving it to his attorney to argue Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.
Following the mistrial, Cosby's spokesperson did some chest thumping. Heinously and exploitively ambitious.
"Mr. Cosby's power is back". The judge had previously sent the jury from outside Pittsburgh back to deliberate but they were unable to come to a consensus on any of the three counts.
Cosby's civil lawyers still are fighting lawsuits against him by 10 women around the country. In 2005, prosecutors declined to charge Cosby based on Constand's account, and she filed a lawsuit that Cosby settled for an undisclosed sum.
During testimony, Constant said she became frozen after Cosby drugged her.
After a mistrial was declared in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case, a member of Cosby's public relations team read a heated statement from the comedian's wife, Camille Cosby.
'How do I describe the district attorney? She also attacked the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media. "Overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney", it said.
He was eventually charged in December 2015, just days before the statute of limitations was set to expire.
Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity status nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this awful thing".
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