Cosby team triumphant, but sex crime retrial, lawsuits loom

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby stands as his publicist Andrew Wyatt addresses the media after a judge declared a mistrial in Cosby'

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they were at impasse. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict.

He was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

O'Neill sent them back yet again - something judges have the discretion to do as many times as they see fit - but by Saturday, after six days of fruitless deliberations, the jury convinced O'Neill that they were never getting to a unanimous decision.

"Social attitudes in general affect what happens in criminal trials, in rape cases".

"I mean, if we were to take a poll of people who live on this Earth asking them if they think Bill Cosby did something wrong, I think 99.9 percent of them would say he abused women", the lawyer said.

Two women jurors who appeared to be in their 30s or 40s looked anguished when they announced the final deadlock, wiping away tears with tissues handed to them by a sympathetic young man sitting between them. "It's an old case, it's a controversial case, it's a case that involves questions of consent", said professor Laurie Levenson, of Loyola Law School.

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this frightful thing". "Do they want to save Cosby, or do what the first jury couldn't do, which was convict him?"

Several of those women attended the trial and wore buttons that read "We Stand in Truth". The discovery in those cases is underway, but his deposition testimony will remain on hold until the retrial in the criminal case.

There are still 10 pending civil lawsuits filed against him by women claiming defamation and battery.

Camille Cosby, the entertainer's wife of 53 years, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious".

He remains free on $1 million bail, still charged with three counts of felony sexual assault.

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