Cosby's team attacks judge likely to retry him in sex case

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The judge in the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby declared a mistrial Saturday after jurors reported being hopelessly deadlocked after six days of deliberations, bringing an inconclusive end to this phase of one of the highest-profile cases in recent history.

Constand was the Temple University women's basketball team manager, and Cosby was a significant donor to the school, as well as a member of the board of trustees.

Women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault appeared optimistic Saturday despite their disappointment that a mistrial was declared in the criminal case against the comedian.

The case involving Constand followed a long path to prosecution.

The jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against the comedian, ending the trial without a verdict.

Troiani acknowledged the difficulty of the case, given the passage of time and the impact of the alleged drugging on Constand's ability to recall details.

In a February 17, 2005, news release, former District Attorney Bruce Castor Jr. said no criminal charges were forthcoming but he would "reconsider" the decision "should the need arise", according to the affidavit. "If I am called upon to do my civic duty, I will do it", she said.

Bill Cosby's legal team likely has an edge in a retrial.

The verdict came five days after spirited closing arguments in which Cosby was alternately portrayed as a man so intent on having sex with Constand that he used drugs to render her incapacitated, and as a man who had been framed by Constand and others in hopes of reaping monetary settlements in civil suits.

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When asked if Cosby had a message to share with his accusers, Wyatt bristled: "This is not about all the women, this was about Ms. Constand".

"I have no authority to do this", Judge Steven O'Neill said in the 52nd hour of deliberations on Friday night.

'She's entitled to a verdict in this case, ' Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a news conference.

Sixty women, including Constand, have accused Cosby of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them, or attempting to do so.

Cosby's wife, Camille, who attended just one day of the trial, issued a fierce statement on Saturday, read out by a representative.

"I want other persons who believe that (they) are assault victims of anyone to report it and stay strong", Allred added.

Cosby, who faces at least four separate civil lawsuits, refused to testify at the trial. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding. Cosby was charged shortly before the statute of limitations was set to expire. 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. "Overtly arrogant in collaborating with the district attorney", said the statement.

'This is what happens - juries are stuck when a prosecutor seeks to put someone in prison for things that are simply not presented in the courtroom, ' said Angela Agrusa, one of Cosby's lawyers. Speaking in a calm and unemotional tone, Veronique Valliere, a psychologist, testified that sexual assault victims are frequently so traumatized that they can be confused about details.

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