Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have convicted

A United States judge has declared a mistrial in the sexual-assault case of comedian and celebrity Bill Cosby after a jury said it was deadlocked following more than 52 hours of deliberations.

Jurors continued their work a day after telling the judge they were unable to reach agreement on a unanimous verdict. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (483 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

"She has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said.

In the retrial, District Attorney Kevin Steele could ask the judge to let more of Cosby's 60 accusers testify or disclose to jurors that Constand is gay.

Cosby, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, did not take the stand during the weeklong trial, though excerpts from his 2005 and 2006 depositions about his relationship with Constand were read aloud.

It was a stunning development - and a momentary victory - for the 79-year-old pioneering black entertainer who risked spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted of assaulting former university employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home 13 years ago. "She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a goal, and I think the objective is ... it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court".

Deliberations began in Bill Cosby's trial on charges of aggravated indecent assault last Monday night after prosecutors and defense attorneys made their final pleas to the jury.

Then, a Twitter meme campaign by the Cosby team went awry. He noted that the defence would soon be able to access a full transcript of all the prosecution-witness testimonies to try to highlight inconsistencies.

Media outlets are urging a judge to make the names public.

In the deposition, which was released in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with. If the panel can't break the deadlock, the judge could declare a hung jury and a mistrial. "It has been restored".

As for criminal charges, Bloom said a retrial typically favors the prosecution because in a second trial, attorneys for the accusers have already seen the legal strategy by the defense. While the press has marked him as a pariah in light of all the horrific testimony against him, Cosby is still a Philly folk hero whose contributions to popular culture - I Spy, Fat Albert, The Cosby Show - have so far earned him the sort of impunity reserved for celebrities who act badly. Yanez and Cosby are unrelated in the eyes of the law, and yet they are contemporaneously linked in public perception of the USA criminal justice system's surreal uselessness.

Women bringing civil cases would also likely find it easier to introduce testimony from other accusers to support claims that Cosby engaged in a pattern of assault, said Douglas Wigdor, a plaintiffs' attorney who represents clients in sexual harassment cases. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

"It can never be clearer that if you speak up, you could be chilling the justice system in the future if jurors are needed in this case", O'Neill told them. O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision. But on Saturday, moments after the mistrial was declared, he gave an inkling of his confidence level going into Round 2.