DA’s office announces it will retry Cosby on the same charges while advocates say prosecution’s determination could help more rape victims to come forward

This was neither a vindication nor a victory. So went the judge’s warning to a weary crowd drifting out of a courthouse in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania more than five days after a 12-member jury began to deliberate Bill Cosby’s fate.

The mistrial was an uncertain coda to what started as one of the biggest trials of the decade. Cosby, a world-famous comedian, had seen his reputation shredded when more than 50 women accused him of rape and sexual assault, often aided by incapacitating drugs. A public with an evolved understanding of rape – a crime in which victims can take years to come forward – had turned on him.

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