After the Cosby sexual assault trial

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.

Cosby's costar Keshia Knight Pulliam stood by his side throughout the trial. Hundreds of journalists descended on the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown for the trial. They deliberated more than 50 hours and still could not reach a verdict.

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this terrible thing".

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The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse.

An alternate juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial told a Pittsburgh radio station he probably would have voted to convict the former comedian and TV star. After Casey Anthony was acquitted of suffocating her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, one juror quit her job and moved due to death threats she received, Hannaford-Agor said.

"It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken, so I really don't know", he said.

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Steele, who said he intends to retry the 79-year-old entertainer on the same three charges of aggravated indecent sexual assault, contends that news reports on jury deliberations could taint future potential jurors.

Although prosecutors were disappointed that the jury was not able to come to a unanimous verdict they said they appreciated the sacrifices the jurors made. If not for court-sanctioned secrecy, his accusers might have known about each other and been more willing to come forward. 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. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanim. There were a total of 12 trial witnesses. The jurors apparently decided Saturday that they had had enough.

Yet the fundamental potential flaw in the case will remain: Constand's inconsistent statements to police about matters such as the date and circumstances of the alleged assault, which she says took place in 2004 at Cosby's gated estate in tony Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

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Constand told jurors Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy and then violated her as she lay paralyzed on a couch, unable to tell him to stop. Constand claimed Cosby placed her on a couch, touched her breasts, forced her to touch his penis and performed digital penetration all without her consent. In that time, the district attorney will attempt to bring in some of the 50 other women accusing Mr. Cosby of sexual assault to publicly testify in open court. Judge Steven O'Neill called the Cosby case likely the largest undertaking by the county's criminal justice system.

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