Cosby jury deadlocked; Judge states deliberations will continue Friday

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 19, 2017

After spending over 40-hours in the deliberation room, jurors are asked to return to the hotel and get some rest before returning another deadlock. However, after 30 hours of deliberations, jurors said in a statement to the court that they were unable to agree on a verdict.

As deliberations dragged into a fourth day, some jurors have appeared angry and frustrated.

As reporters streamed out of the courtroom, poet and author Jewel Allison - one of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of assaulting them - burst into tears.

As the jurors left for the day, O'Neill heaped praise on them, thanking them for their dedication and the sacrifice they've made being 300 miles (482 kilometers) from home in the Pittsburgh area.

In the civil deposition, Cosby admitted that he had previously obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes, a powerful sedative, with the intention of giving the drugs to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Judge O'Neill has seemed vexed at times as the court staff struggled to answer the jury's requests.

There was no message included with the video, which was soundtracked with the Harlem Globetrotters theme, and no explanation for why there was a basketball hoop in the courthouse. It ended with a phrase scrolling down the screen reading: "ALWAYS FOLLOW THROUGH". The jury had been deliberating since Monday on whether the comedian - once dubbed "America's Dad" - is charged with three counts of aggravated assault against Andrea Constand, an employee at Temple University. It was at Temple she met Cosby, a member of the board of trustees.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Constand in 2004.

"We can only hope the judge- if they don't have a verdict right now- will release them, and say this is a deadlock".

Lili Bernard, another alleged Cosby sexual assault survivor, clashed with Cosby supporters outside the courthouse Thursday afternoon. "I don't hear her say anything".

A number of pro-Cosby supporters turned out with colourful signs. It will be important to continue to stay tuned in the next few days as more relevant news about this criminal trial is sure to come about, and a verdict could be reached any moment.

"You've sent word: You're exhausted", said Judge Steven O'Neill, dismissing the panel until Wednesday morning.

But O'Neill asked the comedian on Friday whether he understood that a hung jury could also allow prosecutors to retry him. He contends the encounter was consensual.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said only that the "jury is apparently working very hard".

Prosecutors are likely to argue that Cosby's wealth makes him a flight risk, while the defense will say he is a longstanding member of the community and a bond increase should suffice.

Constand initially told police about the alleged assault in January 2005, a year after she says it took place. The Constand case is the only known instance in which the statute of limitations had not expired. Thursday morning's motion was denied by the judge.

The trial outside Philadelphia involves Cosby's sexual encounter with a woman at his home in 2004.

He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years on each count.

Jurors showed little reaction to the judge's instruction.

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