(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). District Attorney Kevin Steele holds a news conference after a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. "We didn't even get a decision so that made me more sick". "She's entitled to a verdict in this case". Cosby says the encounter was consensual.
Cosby's career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the stand and described how Cosby gave her pills and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop.
"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani. That never came up in her seven hours of testimony.
From my perspective, a retrial is never an advantage because, as a prosecutor, you put your best case on.
And the immediate reaction of Cosby's family and legal team was repugnant. "Overtly arrogant, collaborating with the district attorney", she said in her statement, which was tweeted by her husband and read by an associate of the public relations firm representing Cosby.
Callan said the $33.5 million awarded in the case reflected the jury's reaction to a double homicide and was larger than a potential award to someone who has civil claims against Cosby. "It has been restored".
The mistrial isn't as conclusive a failure as the most widely feared outcome, a not-guilty verdict. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding. Yanez and Cosby are unrelated in the eyes of the law, and yet they are contemporaneously linked in public perception of the US criminal justice system's surreal uselessness. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger. They may also be able to query jurors about the deliberations in hopes of learning something that may make their arguments more convincing.
They first informed Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday that they were deadlocked, but were instructed to keep trying.
He said the jurors were completely mum on what caused the mistrial on the bus ride back to the hotel near the Norristown courthouse.
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The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system".
He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody."It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit".
In a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the women speaking out against Cosby commented on how society failed to value a woman's worth in this case.
As one of the jurors in the first trial said during jury selection in this case so bereft of physical evidence, the saga boils down to a matter of "he said, she said".
Chloe Goins, a former model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, is also suing the comedian on sexual battery and other claims.
The criminal complaint was filed in December 2015, just days before Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations was due to expire.
Constand's complaint is the only one that has come to trial.
The inability of a court to convict Mr Cosby, 79, has become a rallying point for assault victim activists. "'Probably' does not win criminal trials".