Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Jury deadlocked in Bill Cosby sex assault trial, ordered to continue deliberations

Jury deadlocked in Bill Cosby sex assault trial, ordered to continue deliberations

Bill Cosby's accusers and supporters alike have gathered on the courthouse steps to await a verdict in his sexual assault case.

Bill Cosby, center, accompanied by his lawyer Brian McMonagle, walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 15, 2017. "The jury can deliberate for however long they wish to deliberate".

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said it was deadlocked Thursday but then deliberated another 10 hours without a verdict after the judge ordered them to try again. "If you've reached a unanimous decision on some of the charges, please report that back to me".

They will get back to it Friday morning.

They are now deadlocked on a verdict. The jury requested to hear another passage, this one including troubling details about Cosby's notion of consent. "In keeping with the last instruction, you are deliberating under that instruction".

The sequestered jurors have made several requests for information from the judge.

The jurors were stonefaced as they entered the courtroom for the reading of their note. "They'll take the edge off", Cosby told her, she testified.

The jurors will continue to discuss a verdict Friday morning.

The trial marks a crushing fall from grace for an entertainer for decades loved by millions as "America's Dad" for his seminal role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit TV series "The Cosby Show".

"We had worked so hard, sacrificed so much and prayed so much and didn't sleep enough and didn't eat enough", she said.

However, it's not known how the jury is split: whether more people are in favor of conviction or acquittal and how many are on each side. Their honest work, individually.

She also asked Cosby's representatives for free tickets for her and her family to see Cosby's stand-up show in Toronto in August, half a year after the alleged assault.

Just a couple of hours into their third full day of deliberations, the jury in Bill Cosby's criminal trial for the 2004 rape of Andrea Constand have said today that they are deadlocked.

On Friday, the jury asked to review multiple pieces of evidence, including Cosby's 2006 deposition testimony about quaaludes, a now-banned party drug.

But he said he no longer had the sedative - a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S.in 1982 - when he met Constand in 2002 at Temple University.

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine.

Prosecutors say his prior use of Quaaludes shows that Cosby had knowledge of what he was doing when he gave her the pills. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

Eight other women who claim they were abused by Cosby since the 1960s have a civil suit pending in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

On Thursday, the trial jurors told trial Judge Steven O'Neill that they were deadlocked and could not come to a consensus.

"I will not set any specific time for continuation of deliberations", he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The panel has been working for more than 40 hours since getting the case on Monday.

The jury's foreman said, in a note to Judge Steven O'Neill, "we can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts". A hung jury is possible and if that happens, the case will be a mistrial.

At the start of the deliberations, the jurors also wanted to revisit Cosby's old descriptions of his relationship with Constand and the testimony of the Canadian police officer who took down Constand's initial report back in 2005.

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