Deadlock reported in Bill Cosby trial, jury told to keep deliberating

A court official read the part where Constand said Cosby helped her to a sofa in his Cheltenham Township home and where he's alleged to have carried out the sexual assault on Constand in January of 2004.

Gomez said, "The longer a jury takes to reach a decision, the more there is the possibility that they will be a hung jury, or that they will compromise to come to their verdict".

On Tuesday, as jury deliberations stretched into a second day without signs of a verdict, Wyatt steered reporters to a former colleague of accuser Andrea Constand who said Constand had once suggested she would try to set up a famous man to get money.

Cosby's spokesman maintained the impasse showed that jurors doubted Constand's story.

The comedian faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

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But when jurors asked to stop for the day Wednesday night, O'Neill was effusive with praise - encouraging their diligence as they weigh charges that could put the 79-year-old Cosby in prison for the rest of his life.

The jury resumed deliberating Wednesday morning with Cosby in the courthouse.

After the jury informer Judge Steven O'Neill that they could not come to a decision regarding the case, O'Neill told the jury to go back and keep discussing the case until an outcome was reached.

Marguerite Jackson's testimony in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial might have changed the course of history, but the jury will never hear it. But, he said, that scenario does not describe the Cosby case, which instead is "he-said-she-said". In his decade-old depositions, Cosby said he gave Constand Benadryl, a common allergy drug whose side effects can include drowsiness. "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.

Constand's allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges because the others are too old to allow for prosecution. She told me that something similar had happened to her. Gianna Constand wiped away tears at times. However, she testified that she had been alone in a hotel room with Cosby beforehand, and that there were 72 calls between the two afterward.

In addition, Constand initially told police that she had not been alone with Cosby prior to the alleged assault and that they had little contact after.

"I was mistaken", she said.

His lawyer says Cosby and Andrea Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Constand testified last week that she was paralyzed by the pills and unable to fight Cosby off. Cosbyalso said during the deposition that he somteimes gave women Quaaludes, the powerful sedative, as a precursor to having sex. The district attorney at the time declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence.

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.

  • Leroy Wright