Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

Meanwhile, Montgomery County's District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Constand is "entitled to a verdict" in the case so there has to be another trial.

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

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Following the announcement of a mistrial, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt stood before cameras alongside his client and said, "Mr. Cosby's power is back".

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sex assault case have asked the judge not to release the names of the men and women who served on the jury.

But Allred vowed to keep fighting for justice for his accusers.

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In early June, media organizations - including Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY - filed a motion to gain access to the names of the discharged jurors, citing First Amendment rights to this information. Despite the weight of the evidence supporting her account, inconsistencies in her original reports to police made it hard for the jury to agree unanimously on guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Typically, prosecutors have that long to decide whether to retry someone in Pennsylvania. While Pennsylvania law allows for the identities of jurors to be made public, that hasn't yet happened in this case.

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

Mike McCloskey, a school cafeteria director, said that he was not surprised by the hung jury. Media from around the world descended on Norristown and packed two courtrooms to report on the proceedings and the more than 52 hours of jury deliberations that ended when the panel declared it was hopelessly deadlocked. Prosecutors plan to retry the 79-year-old star on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004.

But McMonagle and Agrusa argued Cosby was the victim of false accusations and that the entertainer and Constand had a "romantic relationship" and consensual sexual contact during the 2004 incident. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

In a statement read aloud following the trial, Cosby's wife, Camille Cosby, thanked the jurors "who tenaciously fought to review the evidence, which is the rightful way to make a sound decision" and slammed the DA as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious".

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