Bill Cosby smirks at deadlocked jury

Ruben Ruiz
June 19, 2017

"Each of you has a duty to consult with one another. if it can be done without violence", O'Neil told the deadlocked jury Thursday morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Bill Cosby departs from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. "You could have a conscientious jury that is taking their civic responsibility very seriously...wanting to do a diligent job of going through the evidence and making sure they understand it correctly", said Bressler, who is co-counsel in the forthcoming sexual assault civil case, Green v. Cosby.

Bill Cosby's spokesman Andrew WyattBill Cosby speaks with members of the media during jury deliberations in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Cosby has been charged with multiple felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, over allegations that he drugged and molested Andrea Constand, then a Temple University employee, in 2004.

Stuart Slotnick, a NY criminal defense attorney who has been following the case, told USA Today, "A quick verdict will not be a good thing for Cosby".

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

"That's not how the system works", she said. A former Playboy playmate, she says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1969.

Also, dragging out Cosby's case would just give the defenders a chance to make it less of a public event than it has become, Allred said, according to Bucks County Courier Times. He is accused of sexually assaulting the then 31-year-old Constand in January 2004 inside his Elkins Park home.

As the rhythmic drumming continued, Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy bunny from the 1960s who says Cosby assaulted her decades ago, danced to the music on the courthouse steps. Prosecutors have suggested he might have given her quaaludes. Specifically, they wanted to hear the portion about Quaaludes and Cosby's knowledge of, use and access to them.

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Constand won a national title with the University of Arizona and played in a pro league in Europe before landing a job with the Temple University women's basketball team.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, told reporters that Jackson is "not telling the truth" and faulted Wyatt for circulating Jackson's statement while jurors were deliberating.

Cosby's sexual assault case involves his sexual encounter with Andrea Constand, 44, at his suburban Philadelphia home.

The panel has been working for more than 40 hours since getting the case on Monday. As a result of Constraint's accusations, Cosby has pleaded not guilty and continuously denied any wrongdoing.

"This is an incredible jury that has just acted with incredible dignity and fidelity", O'Neill said.

The members of the jury say they are deadlocked and "cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of these counts".

If the jury tries again and is still deadlocked, it would be considered a "hung jury" and opens up the possibility that O'Neill will declare a mistrial. In that case, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

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.

The jury, sequestered for the duration of the trial and unaware of the back-and-forth outside, reviewed the testimony of the police officer who took Constand's initial report.

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