Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Cosby jury deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberation

Cosby jury deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberation

If the jury is unable to come to a unanimous decision the judge will declare a mistrial.

Ms Constand, who was an administrator at Philadelphia's Temple University where Mr Cosby was on the board of trustees, says she was drugged and sexually assaulted during a 2004 visit to the comic's home to seek career advice. Jurors also asked the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the charges and asked to rehear testimony from the Cheltenham police detective who interviewed Cosby.

Cosby has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with no minimum, and a $25,000 fine.

"We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of these counts", the sequestered panel said in a note to the judge sent out at 11:06 a.m. The judge had instructed the jury to keep deliberating after it reported Thursday it was deadlocked on the charges against the comedian.

The jurors told O'Neill on Thursday morning they were having trouble reaching a verdict on any of the three counts he faces, prompting the judge to give a standard instruction that they should keep working.

As the jurors left for the day, Judge Steven O'Neill heaped praise on them, thanking them for their dedication and the sacrifice they've made being 300 miles (480 kilometers) from home in the Pittsburgh area. The note explaining the status of the jury's deliberations was time-stamped 11:06 a.m. - minutes after the jurors passed the 30-hour mark in deliberations that began Monday afternoon and have been marked by complaints of exhaustion. It says, "ALWAYS FOLLOW THROUGH".

Outside the courthouse, where relative calm had reigned for more than a week, emotions finally spilled over.

Johnson testified that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1996, while Cosby acknowledged in depositions that he gave young women sedatives in the 1970s.

The trial comes after repeated efforts by Cosby's lawyers to have the charges thrown out.

Cosby, known for his role as family man Rudy Huxtable on the 1980s hit TV series "The Cosby Show", has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers argue that his sexual contact with Constand was consensual. The unsealed deposition was central to Cosby's ongoing criminal case.

The trial started on June 5.

Supporters held signs that said, "There is no rape".

"Now I'm praying for a verdict, but it's in God's hands no matter what the verdict is".

"While you should not hesitate to reexamine your own views or change your opinion if your opinion is erroneous, do not feel compelled to surrender your honest belief", he told the panel. "It doesn't surprise me that this jury is split".

Jurors can also return a partial verdict, in which they come to a unanimous verdict on some counts yet deadlock on other counts. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, right, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen, center, and Bill Cosby's defense attorney Angela Agrusa enter the courtroom during jury deliberat.

"But it's not impossible".

She added: "I wanted it to stop". "As Yogi Berra said, 'It's not over 'til it's over'".

In 1995, it took a Los Angeles jury four hours to acquit American football star O.J. Simpson of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. "We definitely want this to end". Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.

"That's not how the system works", she said.

TMZ reports that the jury for the trial, which consists of seven men and five women, told the judge that they were not able to agree on a verdict.

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