At impasse, Cosby jury goes back to work on verdict

Bill Cosby arrives for jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 15, 2017.

According to UPI, Judge Steven O'Neill asked the jury to return to deliberations in one last attempt to reach a verdict. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.

Andrea Constand, who has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004 at his Pennsylvania townhouse, tweeted a slow-motion video of herself shooting a ideal basket in what appeared to be the hallway of the courthouse where the jurors are deliberating.

The jury's foreman said, in a note to Judge Steven O'Neill, "we can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts".

After reading the deadlocked jury directions to jurors, Judge Steven O'Neill urged jurors to continue discussing the charges against the comedian and former Temple trustee.

Brian McMonagle, the lawyer for the star of the 1980s TV hit "The Cosby Show", has made four separate mistrial motions based on the length of the jury's deliberations.

Deliberations, which have now reached almost 40 hours, are set to resume at 9 a.m. Friday.

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.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have told a judge they're deadlocked on charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman in 2004. The third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts, but they could be merged for sentencing purposes.

Cosby was back at the courthouse outside Philadelphia as the panel of seven men and five women got to work.

"If you have sexual relations with someone when they're asleep, that's a crime", Steele said. "If they don't have a verdict by now, we'd hope the judge would relieve them".

The jurors sent the note announcing their deadlock just after 11 a.m.

The entertainer was a beloved sitcom dad before he endured a spectacular public fall beginning in 2014, with some 60 women since then stepping forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

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Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt also addressed the media, saying this is the justice they've been looking for, as the jury carefully studies this case.

"I want to reiterate how proud I am of each and every one of you", O'Neill said as he sent the jury back to the hotel.

Gianna Constand, the accuser's fiercely protective mother, testified that Cosby apologized over the phone to her and her daughter and offered to pay for her schooling.

Cosby has wavered between stoic and smiling as he awaits his fate, but he gave a brief thumbs-up as jurors listened to a court reporter reread his January 2005 police interview.

While there have been no clear indications on the progress of the deliberations, the jurors did ask to relisten to Constand's testimony, in which she describes being given the pills, and asked for clarifications on the legal meaning of "without her knowledge" by Wednesday afternoon.

This news organization does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

  • Leroy Wright