Bill Cosby's trial for sexual misconduct has ended in a hung jury, and reports are stating that Cosby new all along. Despite the mistrial declaration, attorneys seeking justice for Constand, who accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his home in 2004, have pledged to retry the case until a final verdict is reached.
Constand, who worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, is ready to go to trial again.
Bill Cosby talks to the news media as he leaves the Allegheny County Courthouse on May 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to try the 79-year-old Cosby a second time, saying accuser Andrea Constand supported the decision.
However, defence attorneys may have undercut Valliere's testimony by suggesting she was biased by showing jurors comments she'd posted on Facebook seeming to celebrate a prosecution victory in the pretrial fight over evidence in the case.
Troiani acknowledged the difficulty of the case, given the passage of time and the impact of the alleged drugging on Constand's ability to recall details.
Cosby's civil lawyers still are fighting lawsuits against him by 10 women around the country.
Cosby faced three charges of aggravated indecent assault. Reluctantly, she said, she took the pills because she trusted him as a friend and mentor, but soon, she felt whoozy and had blurry vision. With Cosby standing quietly by his side, he told them in no uncertain terms that they should "go back to law school".
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.
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The mistrial was a blow to the dozens of women who have said they were sexually assaulted by Cosby. However, it looks as if those deciding Cosby's fate are hopelessly deadlocked. Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Johnson and many other accusers, said she hoped more can testify at the next trial.
But early reaction to the Cosby mistrial from the celebrity twitterverse was decidedly muted.
"We came here looking for an acquittal".
The prosecution had rested its case last Friday, and the defense presented a case Monday that lasted just six minutes - in essence telling the jury that prosecutors had failed to prove anything, and that there was little or nothing left for them to rebut. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jello-O pudding.
But he maintained he only gave accuser Andrea Constand three half-tablets of Benadryl to help her relax.
Cosby was eventually charged in December 2015, just days before the statute of limitations was set to expire. Cosby pleaded not guilty to the charges.
While Constand waited for jurors to come to their decision on Thursday, she passed time shooting mini-basketballs in a hallway at the Mongomery County Courthouse in Norristown, and she tweeted a 25-second, slow-motion video of her shooting a ball through a hoop attached to a cart.
Bruce Castor, the ex-prosecutor who passed on Constand's case in 2005, said Saturday that he was disappointed but not surprised in Steele's failure to win a conviction.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.