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Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The Cosby mistrial decision has many people in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania talking. Judge Steven O'Neill advised jurors when the trial ended on Saturday outside Philadelphia, after a week of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations, that they need not discuss the case, even as the public debates whether age, race, gender or other issues separated them.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele immediately announced he would seek a retrial.

"This was basically just practicing to get the ball in the basket", Allison says she told Constand, a former star high school, college and Italian professional league basketball player.

Cosby's team declared victory, however temporary.

Andrea Constand settled her lawsuit against Cosby a decade ago, so the specific facts of her case are not in play in the civil arena.

Bruce Castor, the ex-prosecutor who passed on Constand's case in 2005, said Saturday that he was disappointed but not surprised in Steele's failure to win a conviction. His deposition testimony in her civil suit revealed the man who has a bestselling book about fatherhood had procured Quaaludes for the objective of having sex with women who were not his wife.

From my perspective, a retrial is never an advantage because, as a prosecutor, you put your best case on.

Then, a Twitter meme campaign by the Cosby team went awry. Montgomery County prosecutors will retry Constand's case, and the second time we may see it as tragedy's cousin, farce, before we ever hear a verdict.

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The final ruling resulted after district attorneys struggled to obtain 13 different witnesses having the ability to testify against Cosby.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. "It has been restored".

The entertainer's wife of 53 years, Camille, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court, calling Steele "heinously and exploitively ambitious" in a statement released after the trial. He also found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jell-O pudding.

But it was his reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him. There is also the prospect of a fresh criminal trial in his home state of Pennsylvania. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on day four they were at an impasse.

"Which instructs the jury to keep looking at the evidence and keep working hard and not to surrender their own beliefs and listen to each other".

"You have a spokesman who is explaining to the media what a mistrial means - at least what he believes a mistrial is", O'Neill told Cosby in court. "I feel bad for all of you, I really do". The trial took place outside Philadelphia, but the jury came from the Pittsburgh area.

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 disgusting thing".