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

Ruben Ruiz
June 22, 2017

They were expected to return for Day 5 on Friday morning.

If convicted, Cosby, 79, could spend the rest of his life in prison: He has been charged with three second-degree felony counts, and each carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison. One, more upbeat, nodded along.

Cosby protesters and supporters faced off in angry scenes outside the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

"The record has been broken for Montgomery County, for deliberations, Wyatt said". He says he believed a chat with the family from Plymouth Meeting would brighten Cosby's spirits.

The attorney said, with all of the cell phone records in the case, he hadn't until a week ago looked up that particular call which, after checking, never happened.

Nearly immediately after the judge ordered jurors back to their deliberations, Cosby publicist Andrew Wyatt took to a podium outside the courthouse saying the deadlock showed Cosby was not guilty.

Question 4: Can we see the initial report to the Durham Police or what the court reporter recorded of that interview of Andrea Constand? It shows her shooting a mini-basketball into a hoop to the tune of "Sweet Georgia Brown", the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters. Johnson testified that she was drugged and assaulted by Cosby in 1996.

Still, he said, "hopefully, you will have the last two words in this case, and I pray those words are 'not guilty'".

Over 50 women have come forward with decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct against Cosby in recent years, but the actor's representatives have always insisted he is innocent.

Several of the other women who accuse Cosby of molesting them are confronting a half-dozen supporters outside the courthouse. Pointing to Cosby's wife, Camille who sat in the first row on Monday, McMonagle said "When you dance outside of your marriage you pay... she deserved better". Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes.

"In keeping to our deliberation schedule, it is 9:00pm", the distracted judge scowled. O'Neill told them to continue deliberations in the hopes of breaking their impasse.

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In late 2014, dozens of women went public with accusations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them over the course of his lengthy comedic career. Two questions pertained to a review of parts of Cosby's account to authorities, and two were requests to rehear Constand's account and testimony.

Cosby's lawyer said he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

The Pennsylvania judge overseeing Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said on Friday he would allow the jurors to keep working to break a deadlock as long as they are willing.

Yet before they were released for the evening, a rattled O'Neill bizarrely brought in the exhausted-looking jury, appeared to chastise them, and sent them back to the jury room-forgetting to formally dismiss them.

The comedian faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

One juror, a man in his early 30's said before the trial began that he knew nothing about the case. They cast Cosby as an unfaithful husband - but not a criminal.

The trial marks a crushing fall from grace for an entertainer known for his seminal role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit TV series "The Cosby Show".

"A quick verdict will not be a good thing for Cosby", says Stuart Slotnick, a NY criminal defense attorney who has been following the case for more than two years. Twice Thursday, Judge Steven O'Neill instructed the panel to work toward a decision.

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

In a 2005 deposition, Cosby described giving Constand pills before engaging in sexual contact with her. He has said it was Benadryl, a cold and allergy medicine.

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