Cosby team triumphant, but sex crime retrial, lawsuits loom

The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, a former director of operations of the Temple University women's basketball team.

Alternates listen to all the testimony in a trial, but do not participate in deliberations. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and they headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia. McCloskey says jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial.

McCloskey posted his juror's badge on Facebook as proof of his role in the case. But as opposed to making fun of Cosby's remarks following the trial, he could have reflected upon the nature of sexual assault and rape culture in America.In that sense, it was an opportunity lost.

It's likely that Cosby's defense team will try to block a new trial, but legal experts say they are unlikely to prevail. Media organizations including The Associated Press urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process".

The deadlocked U.S. jury battling to reach a verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial asked the judge Friday to define "reasonable doubt" and again asked to hear from the fallen star's testimony. Allred has said that a second deposition of Cosby was awaiting the conclusion of the criminal trial, so that case, too, may be delayed.

Jurors deliberated for more than 53 hours, several times asking to have testimony re-read, before declaring a second time that they were hopelessly deadlocked.

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After six days and 52 hours of deliberation, the seven men and five women selected to serve on the jury were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of Cosby's three charges of felony aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home. It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came. When we got there we didn't have security and people were diving on our cars. "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. He remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, while Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them. However, she said it's a different story if additional women come forward with allegations against Cosby. The defense had hoped, if it did, to introduce evidence she had previously dated a man.

According to the documents, lawyer Dolores Troiani asked Cosby: "When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" McCloskey said he was particularly impressed to testimony of Gianna Constand, the mother of Cosby's main accuser, Andrea Constand. Under Pennsylvania's speedy trial law, the new trial should be set within 365 days, and Steele has promised to move as fast as possible.

The entertainer is also battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and MA.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the goal of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.

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