The only public legal ramifications have been a 2006 civil settlement with Constand (for an undisclosed monetary amount that the court barred from discussion in the criminal trial, and which Cosby sought to reclaim from Constand last year).
Chloe Goins, a former model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, is also suing the comedian on sexual battery and other claims.
O'Neill sent them back yet again - something judges have the discretion to do as many times as they see fit - but by Saturday, after six days of fruitless deliberations, the jury convinced O'Neill that they were never getting to a unanimous decision.
He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody". Over the weekend, a mistrial was declaredbecause the jury could not agree on a verdict. She said that he was unaware that all of them were merely pawns in the situation, vaguely exposing the rape culture in America.
"It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken", McCloskey said.
"You have at least to ask the question, would it really have more influence than what's already out there?" he said.
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McCloskey, who said he did not want to be selected because he feared jury service would prevent him from watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games, said he and other alternates were segregated from the rest of the jury during deliberations. "It cost an very bad lot of taxpayer money to bring that case to trial and there's no saying that this next trial could end up as a hung jury again or an acquittal".
"I am a bit befuddled that the jury deliberated for six days wherein jurors are simply determining the credibility of two people".
"There was no pause or hesitation about that, and we're moving forward", he told reporters. "Bill Cosby's rape case", said Armour, who teaches at the University of South California. On Thursday, jurors announced they were deadlocked. Yanez and Cosby are unrelated in the eyes of the law, and yet they are contemporaneously linked in public perception of the USA criminal justice system's surreal uselessness.
A mistrial was declared Saturday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.
In some cases, such as terrorism or mob trials, anonymity is aimed at ensuring jurors' safety.
Cosby maintained in a 2005 deposition that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress and had consensual relations. She also testified that it's not unusual for assault victims to maintain contact with their attackers, an insight that seemed to directly rebut defense suggestions that more than 50 phone calls Constand, now 44, made to Cosby after the alleged assault were proof that she was lying about the alleged attack.
He expressed sympathy for Cosby's chief accuser Andrea Constand. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanim.