Cosby Prosecutor Undeterred by Mistrial, Vows to Try Again

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown Pa. Friday

The prosecution said they were pursuing a fresh trial.

Both Camille and the publicist may have forgotten that there are some 50 women who have accused the once-beloved TV staple of sexually assaulting them.

A future trial will likely have the same judge, so it's not clear whether he will amend his ruling that only one prior act witness be allowed to testify.

The entertainer had no visible reaction in court.

Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her.

After the judge declared a mistrial Saturday, prosecutors immediately announced they would retry the case.

On Friday, the jury asked to review multiple pieces of evidence, including Cosby's 2006 deposition testimony about quaaludes, a now-banned party drug.

District Attorney Kevin Steele spoke to reporters after the judge declared a mistrial Saturday.

"Historically people have challenged injustices", said Cosby's wife Camille in a statement read by a spokeswoman. How do I describe the judge? Overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney.

Cosby, who faces at least four separate civil lawsuits, refused to testify at the trial.

"YOU are a disgrace to all women - how dare you say a damn word when your husband raped women - trash is trash", said one.

Constand did not speak to reporters, but her attorney, Dolores Troiani, said Constand was a "very spiritual person who believes everything happens for a reason". Cosby has denied any wrongdoing.

At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and MA. The 2004 encounter at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges. He became an in-demand product endorser, appearing in commercials for Jell-O, Coca-Cola and Ford. The jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days.

The testimony is relevant because Cosby is charged with giving pills to Constand, a former Temple University employee, to incapacitate her before their sexual encounter.

In 2005, prosecutors declined to charge Cosby based on Constand's account that the celebrity offered her unidentified pills that left her unable to stop his advances.

The defense has said Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

By Thursday morning, after almost 30 hours of discussions spanning three days, the jurors told O'Neill they were at a stalemate. Judge Steven O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision.

Later, after the jury was out of the room, O'Neill said the trial was the "largest undertaking in probably the history of this county" and thanked public and the news media for their good behavior in the courtroom. "And that in itself is a hard defamation case".

The alleged assault that sparked the charges took place in early 2004 after Cosby invited Constand to his home in Elkins Park, just outside Philadelphia, to discuss her career plans.

A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, but the case has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy image, cultivated during his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", the top-rated 1980s and '90s sitcom. The criminal complaint was filed in December 2015, just days before Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations was due to expire.



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