Deadlocked jury in Cosby trial wraps up for the night
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 15:27
But if the seven-man, five-woman panel ultimately fails to reach a verdict O'Neill will be forced to declare a hung jury, leaving the prosecution with the option of requesting a re-trial.
As deliberations continued into the fourth day, the exhausted and anxious jury told Judge Steven O'Neill that they are deadlocked. "These jurors, they have been very judicious, they have taken their time to re-do and retry the case in that deliberation room".
The seven men and five women were sent back to their hotel by the judge hours after he instructed them to continue trying to deliver a verdict on the three charges against the veteran USA entertainer.
Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters outside the courthouse that the jurors understand "the facts of this case don't add up". In the face of enormous and compelling evidence against Cosby, they can't decide whether or not he is guilty of sexual assault.
While arguments in the case of The Commonwealth vs. William H. Cosby has wrapped up, the comedian's fate is still up in the air.
O'Neill told jurors Thursday night, "I am proud of each and every one of you ... this is hard work you are doing".
The sequestered jury has been at it for almost 30 hours since getting the case Monday, pausing a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled Constand after giving her pills.
Defense attorneys said those were not the actions of a sexual assault victim, and suggested she was lying. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Laura McCrystal, as news came out of the deadlocked Cosby jury, his accusers at the courthouse reacted by leaving in tears. "The jury foreman has informed me that you are deadlocked", O'Neill said during court.
Op-Ed: I'm one of Bill Cosby's accusers. One other accuser, Kelly Johnson, testified during the trial as prosecutors sought to establish that Cosby had a pattern of assault.
Richard Schaffer, the detective who took Cosby's statement, and asking him to verify what he wrote in his reports.
With the jury struggling to find common ground, some of the other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault confronted sign-waving Cosby supporters gathered on the courthouse steps to await the outcome. The Constand case is the only known instance in which the statute of limitations had not expired. The jury continues to peruse over details of this case as they attempt to come to a conclusion on what happened in 2004.
Wyatt went on to say Cosby had been in touch with his wife, Camille Cosby, to notify her of the deadlock.
More than fifty women have accused the comedian and former Cosby Show star of sexual misconduct, however, her allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges.
Jurors who have appeared stressed and even angry seemed more upbeat as they left court outside Philadelphia Thursday night than on previous nights, despite enduring another marathon session.