Jurors sent home after a day of deadlock and deliberation
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 16:34
The jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said on Thursday (local time) they were deadlocked after more than 30 hours of deliberations, but the trial judge ordered them to resume their discussions.
The notification of a deadlock came at 11:06 a.m. via a note from the jury foreperson."We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts", the note read.O'Neill gave the jurors instruction regarding their responsibilities and sent them back to deliberate about 11:30 a.m.Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham home in 2004. After close to 30 hours behind closed doors, the seven men and five women have been told by Judge Steven O'Neill to "try again", according to court officials to try to avoid a hung jury in the trial that started on June 5.
O'Neill's instruction to the group to keep working was delivered as part of what is known in Pennsylvania as "Spencer Charge" - a last admonition to the jury that it is important to reach whatever verdict it can in a given case.
The jury in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial is going back to its hotel for the night after failing to resolve a deadlock that's threatened to end the case without a verdict.
Cosby faces charges that he drugged and assaulted Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his Philadelphia home in 2004. Andrea Constand, right, returns to the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexual.
The jury had earlier delivered a note saying they could not agree on a verdict on the counts of aggravated indecent assault, prompting one of Cosby's accusers to openly cry.
Cosby's sexual assault case involves his sexual encounter with Andrea Constand, 44, at his suburban Philadelphia home.
Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, told reporters that Jackson is "not telling the truth" and faulted Wyatt for circulating Jackson's statement while jurors were deliberating.
Constand claimed that Cosby drugged her and proceeded to molest her, but Cosby claims that their relationship was consensual and the Benadryl he gave her was just supposed to be used to help her relax. Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy, then violated her.
For four days and nearly 30 hours, the jurors for Bill Cosby's #Criminal Trial have been deliberating the accusations by Andrea Constand that she was sexually assaulted by Cosby in 2004.
But the defense team for Cosby, who did not testify, sought to portray his sexual encounter with Constand as romantic.
As court proceeding came to a close Thursday, the jury forewoman said the members could not reach "a unanimous consensus on any" charges against Cosby. The case has little forensic evidence, and legal experts have said it fits the "he said-she said" dynamic that is common to sexual offense cases.
After six days of testimony, the sequestered jury began deliberations in the case Monday afternoon.
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 Cosby in prison for the rest of his life.
The judge's decision was echoed by Gloria Allred, Constand's lawyer, who snapped at Wyatt for pushing for mistrial. "I'm sorry it's causing everyone frustration, but the law requires that I allow a deliberating jury to continue to deliberate".
The woman at the center of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial that has a jury deadlocked tweeted a video from the courthouse suggesting she feels pretty confident.