Bill Cosby criminal case: 'Mistrial' declared

"Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship?"

Constand did not appear at the news conference.

Constand "has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said. In fact, prosecutors said they plan to put Cosby back on trial. At one point, counselor Angela Agrusa patted him on the shoulder.

Cosby remains on $1 million bail over the three felony charges.

The attorney also thanked jurors, a group of seven men and five women bussed in from Pittsburgh who deliberated for six days before declaring they were "hopelessly deadlocked".

Publicist Andrew Wyatt raised a clenched fist as he led the legally blind Cosby out of the courthouse after the jury deadlocked Saturday, while cameras popped and his lead defense lawyer walked away.

The judge denied a defence request for a mistrial.

Following the mistrial, Cosby's team immediately went on the attack. As such, the defense may not call him for the second trial if they think he's a loose canon or unreliable.

Bill Cosby raises his hand as he exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. But the judge sent them back to try to reach a unanimous verdict. "Do not in any way feel that you have let the justice system down", the judge told them.

Constand, who worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, is ready to go to trial again. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire.

He conceded that Cosby is a flawed man, an unfaithful husband who shattered his fans' illusions, and that revelations of his womanizing have overtaken his previous image as a genial comedian and beloved TV dad.

By sowing doubt among one or more jurors, Cosby's lawyers managed to overcome two years of unrelenting bad publicity for their client after the public release of his damaging testimony about drugs and sex, as well as a barrage of accusations from 60 women who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

After Cosby and his two lawyers filed out, Constand stood in the courtroom surrounded by four other women who had accused Cosby of assault.

She said the incident left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.

Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred, who represents numerous Cosby accusers, said the entertainer's fame carried its own power. "Because he drugged her to do this", the prosecutor told jurors. "I wanted it to stop".

"Girls" star Lena Dunham was outspoken, as she often is on issues involving women.

"We also wish to thank the jury for their tireless efforts and acknowledge their sacrifice", Troiani said.

The hung jury outcome was not unexpected. It was used, for example, by many Northern juries to find people not guilty for helping runaway slaves escape, but it was also used by Southern juries to free white defendants who had unlawfully harmed or even killed blacks. The jurors' decision not to ask to rehear the experts' testimony could be an indication that they accepted their opinions at face value or, conversely, that they were unimpressed.

"Do you agree there is a hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved by further deliberations?" he asked each juror. "Everyone is assuming one way or another", said O'Neill.

"It's simply inappropriate at this time", O'Neill said.

Prosecutors vowed to retry the 79-year-old, saying Constand supported the decision. Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case. That perspective was summed up in the title of Cosby's 2007 book, Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.

But Steele said it was no accident that some of Constand's memories were faulty. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. As it turned out, the deliberations ended up taking longer than the presentation of evidence did. "We have done that", said Steele.

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