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Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

Cosby Defense Team Speaks Out After Mistrial Cosby Defense Team Speaks Out After Mistrial
Nicole Thomas | 29 June, 2017, 09:03

Judge O'Neill has ordered the jurors to not speak to the media on why they could not reach a decision after 52 hours of deliberation and a week of testimony.

Days later, and little is known about what went on behind closed doors.

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. O'Neill kept the jurors names under seal.

The lawyer said that Cosby's ailing health-he is legally blind and uses a cane-made the trial hard to endure.

Less than 48 hours later, the panel informed the judge that they were still deadlocked on all three counts.

District Attorney Keven Steele asked a judge Monday to block the release of the names.

He told Pittsburgh radio station WDVE that jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial, maintaining "complete silence".

The mistrial in Cosby's case came only a day after a Minnesota jury acquitted police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges stemming from the shooting death of Philando Castile at a traffic stop on July 6, 2016. Cosby was not found "not guilty".

Mike McCloskey wasn't privy to the Cosby jury's deliberations, but he did hear all of the testimony in the case against the former star of The Cosby Show. Alluding to a consensual sexual encounter, Cosby stated in a 2005 deposition that he administered Benadryl to help "relax" Constand. The jurors did not mention anything about the deadlock again until Saturday when they announced they were "hopelessly deadlocked" and that the deadlock could not be resolved by additional deliberations.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The woman Bill Cosby was charged with sexually assaulting is thanking supporters for an "outpouring of love and kindness" since the trial.

It would be reasonable, based on the evidence presented, for the jurors to agree that Cosby is a sexual predator and still disagree on a verdict as to the assault of Constand.

Concerns about the case's visibility had already prompted O'Neill to import jurors for the first trial from Pittsburgh, around 300 miles (480 km) from the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. According to the prosecution, if the jurors names are made public, they will be subjected to a "publicity onslaught" and picking a second jury will become well nigh impossible. And Mrs. Cosby's power is back.

Constand's complaint is the only one that has come to trial.

Addressing the allegations against Mr. Cosby stemming from other possible victims, his defense attorney said "None of these accusations have ever been vetted".

Saturday's result was a victory for the comedian, who avoided up to a decade in prison, but the district attorney said his office would seek a verdict in a second trial.

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case are fighting to keep the jurors' identities a secret.

"I'm innocent. I'm not going to plea to something I did not do", Cosby said, during an exclusive interview with the NNPA Newswire.

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