But prosecutors say they will retry Cosby on charges he drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
"The jury worked hard, and I have respect for everyone's opinion", Linda Kirkpatrick, a bakery owner from Costa Mesa, Calif., who alleged Cosby assaulted her in 1981, told the Los Angeles Times outside the courtroom Saturday afternoon. "We have no indication of where anybody was on the case - and I don't really know that we'll ever know", Steele said. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (nearly 500 km) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.
On its sixth day of deliberations, the jury found itself unable to render a verdict - like so much of this country, unable to find consensus on charged questions of race, age, power and gender. I see you. I love you.ps It's okay to check out of the news and honor yourself today. Camille Cosby decried an "overtly arrogant" judge, "totally unethical" D.A. and "blatantly vicious" media.
The judge declared a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on the charges after six days.
The case was delivered to the jury Monday afternoon after a brief defense, which didn't include Cosby testifying.
"She has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Day 4 they were at impasse. On Thursday, after about 30 hours of deliberations, said it was deadlocked on all three counts, but O'Neill directed the panel to resume discussions and try again to reach a verdict.
Comedian Hannibal Burress lambasted Cosby over Constand's long-standing but by then largely forgotten allegations. "And for all those attorneys who conspired like Gloria Allred, tell them to go back to law school and take another class". And even those who can still quote from old Cosby routines will be hard-pressed to do so again without wincing at thoughts of the source and this comedy legend's tragic last act.
The jurors also listened to the definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutors must cross to win a conviction, and reviewed testimony from Constand and her mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter. Three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California. According to the testimony, Cosby called himself a "sick man" but refused to identify the pills he gave to Constand.
Dennis McAndrews, a prosecutor in the John DuPont murder trial, says he didn't expect the Cosby case to end in a mistrial, although knew it would be challenging for the jury.
Cosby also is battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and MA. "WTF? The cop who we SAW murder Philando Castile gets off and Bill Cosby, who drugged and raped for years, does too". Over two visits, she said, he touched her "without warning" and tried to unbutton her trousers before she stopped him.
Prosecutors reopened a criminal probe and filed charges in 2015 after Cosby's deposition in the woman's 2005 lawsuit was unsealed, and they realized the 12-year statute of limitations for felony sexual assault had not yet expired.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said that mistrial shows that charges should have never been brought forward.