Cosby's team immediately went on the attack.
But while some believe this outcome to be a victory, others like Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele and Cosby's primary accuser, Andrea Constand, know that this case is far from over. And a federal judge dismissed a ninth accuser's case, finding her complaint inadequate.
"How do I describe the district attorney?"
Cosby himself didn't comment.
Women bringing civil cases would also likely find it easier to introduce testimony from other accusers to support claims that Cosby engaged in a pattern of assault, said Douglas Wigdor, a plaintiffs' attorney who represents clients in sexual harassment cases. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case".
The comedian also faces a defamation lawsuit by model Janice Dickinson, who claims Cosby drugged and raped her in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.
The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse.More news: Future Golden Knight? Fleury headlines Vegas expansion draft lists
Jurors spent more than 45 hours in sequestered deliberations since getting the case Monday, telling Judge Steven O'Neill as recently as midday Friday that they weren't making progress. "The second time around, are they coming with an agenda?"
The jury must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit. Oliver appeared aghast at Cosby's post-trial behavior, saying "what are you doing?" and noting that "shouting your character's catch phrase while on trial is a freaky choice".
He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody".
Cosby is also battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and MA. He pledged the three counts of aggravated indecent assault would stand and praised Constand's "courage". Lawyer Brian McMonagle told jurors that while Cosby had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn't commit a crime.
The case has already helped demolish his image as America's Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and '90s. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding.
He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began. Prosecutors have suggested he might have given her quaaludes, a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S.in 1982.
"We get 12 people to agree on sex assault cases all the time, but this is not any case".More news: DUP to 'support soft Irish border' in Brexit talks
Though many statements were made after the court's decision, one in particular elicited a wider public response. He was charged shortly before the statute of limitation was set to expire.
At the time of the alleged assault, Constand was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees.
The 44-year-old Constand, however, testified during the trial that the pills Cosby gave her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004 left her powerless to fight off his advances.
"This isn't talking to a trustee".
Wyatt had said the deadlock showed that jurors doubted Constand's story.
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