Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

Retrial of Cosby case more in favour of defence, say lawyers

The Jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before informing Judge O'Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Some of the offstage participants also have played a role in shaping public perceptions of the case since the mistrial was declared.

Cosby's team declared victory and went on the attack.

When those allegations against Cosby were pulled back into the light almost 10 years later, the public had a much different reaction. In that case, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry the TV star or drop the charges. She also criticized the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media.

Over the weekend, his wife, Camille Cosby, spoke out, taking on the district attorney in a statement, calling him "heinously and explosively ambitious". The incidents made her uncomfortable, but she continued to trust him because of who he was, the affidavit said.

What of Bill Cosby himself?

Prosecutors had sought to have 13 other accusers testify in Constand's case, but the judge allowed only one, finding that more would unfairly prejudice the jury. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case". Several of them attended the criminal trial with their layers.

He allegedly gave her pills that paralyzed her and left her unable to resist when he started touching her in his Philadelphia home.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse. Judge Steven O'Neill advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday outside Philadelphia that they need not discuss the case.

It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit. "I feel bad for all of you, I really do". Brown thinks the defense will have the upper hand during a retrial.

Though dozens of women are rumored to have questionable encounters with Cosby, only Andrea Constand's accusations led to criminal charges. Lawyer Brian McMonagle told jurors that while Cosby had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn't commit a crime.

"There was no pause or hesitation about that, and we're moving forward", he told reporters.

The case has already helped demolish his image as America's Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and '90s.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger. She awoke, she says, to Cosby assaulting her. He was charged shortly before the statute of limitation was set to expire. Media outlets scrambled to speak to women who alleged he had abused them; 35 of them posed for the cover of NY magazine.

"This isn't talking to a trustee". Whatever the final outcome, she says the case draws attention to a problem, and that in itself is positive. "Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship?"

Wyatt had said the deadlock showed that jurors doubted Constand's story.

But Steele said it was no accident that some of Constand's memories were faulty.

Levenson believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go.

Cosby also is battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and MA.

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