Bill Cosby stood silently as his spokespeople and attorneys spoke in the rain outside the courthouse, then waved to the crowd as he was led to a waiting SUV.
O'Neill, an intense and folksy jurist who often strolled the hallways during six days of jury deliberations loudly whistling the theme from the television show "The Leftovers", seemed to side with the prosecution by allowing deliberations to drag on for 52 hours.
Bill Cosby walked out of court a free man Saturday - not because he was cleared of sexual assault charges - but because a jury decided that it could not reach a verdict on charges that he drugged and molested a woman at his home outside Philadelphia in early 2004.
When the trial started June 5, the jury of seven men and five women were bussed in from Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and have since been sequestered in a hotel. "Power is the ability to defy phenomenon, making it act in a desired manner", said his long-time publicist Andrew Wyatt. 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.
Shortly after a mistrial was declared in the sexual assault case against comedian his wife of 53 years, Camille Cosby, lashed out on Saturday at the courts and media.
As first reported by Variety, Kevin Steele, the Montgomery County District Attorney, told journalists, "We have made the determination of moving forward, and it lies in the fact she deserves a verdict in this case ... and we will push forward to try and get justice done".
She said that Cosby brought her three blue pills, saying they would help her relax and assuring her they were safe.
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Before going on trial, Cosby expressed hope he could eventually resume his career. She called the media blatantly vicious.
Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her. Comedian Aparna Nancherla, who frequently posts social commentary, tweeted, "Ask women again why they don't report their rapes".
Still, legal experts say, it won't be impossible to find 12 people to sit in judgment of Cosby, who turns 80 next month.
"I have no authority to do this", Judge Steven O'Neill said in the 52nd hour of deliberations on Friday night. He dismissed the district attorney's pledge to retry the case. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. She also called the prosecutor "heinously and exploitively ambitious".
Had he been found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which allegedly took place at his Philadelphia home 13 years ago, he could have faced up to a decade in prison. Goldie Taylor is editor-at-large at The Daily Beast, and she's been following the case.
Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the objective of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.
Constand met Cosby at Temple when she worked there as director of operations for the university's women's basketball team. "Overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney", it said.
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