Cosby thanks supporters on 5th day of deliberations at trial
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 10:05
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.
The judge said he would act if the jury remains deadlocked, but also said he would not set a time limit on deliberations.
Cosby, 79, has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Constand was the prosecution's key witness, telling jurors that Cosby gave her three unidentified pills before taking advantage when she was disoriented to sexually assault her. One juror seemed to fall asleep several times Wednesday afternoon and evening as a court reporter spent more than an hour rereading transcribed testimony.
"In a case of this size, this magnitude, this length, as long as this jury wishes to continue to deliberate, I will let them deliberate", O'Neill said from the bench. In the call, Gianna Constand said Cosby apologized and described himself as a "sick man".
McMonagle objected in court to the panel's repeated requests to review testimony, saying it suggested some jurors were trying to coerce other jurors in an attempt to bring an end to the deadlock.
- Cosby's description of what he says was a romantic encounter with Constand before the night of the alleged assault. The seven men and five women on the jury told the judge on Thursday before lunch that they were deadlocked on all three counts; O'Neill sent them back to try again.
Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial requested the judge define reasonable doubt as they sought to break a deliberations deadlock that stretched into its fifth day Friday morning.
Jurors did hear Cosby's side of the story - but not in his voice. She said she awoke later to find Cosby sexually assaulting her on a couch, and said she felt "frozen" and unable to stop him.
As jurors near their 50th hour of deliberations in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case, his supporters expressed frustration.
The portion of her mother's testimony where she talks about a 2.5-hour phone conversation with Cosby, about a year after the alleged assault.
"The judge can say, 'Do you think more deliberations would be helpful?' But the judge can't say, 'How are you split?'" explained Bradford Colbert, a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio.
Sequestered for almost two full weeks, the jury from Allegheny County has been in deliberations since Monday evening.
The drugs he gave Constand were over-the-counter Benadryl, he had said. Speaking under oath, Cosby said he acquired seven prescriptions for Quaaludes, the powerful sedative, in order to give them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
Testimony from the Canadian officer who took the accuser's first police statement, about a year after the sexual encounter.
McMonagle said he was concerned the jurors feel compelled to deliver a unanimous verdict even if it meant abandoning their true feelings.
"Very often, juries that are deadlocked are able to come to a verdict on Friday afternoons or the day before a holiday", says NY criminal defense lawyer Stuart Slotnick, who's been following the trial. "I just wanted to go home".
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.