Cosby accuser: Defense lawyer should win Oscar
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 0:04
Another accuser, Victoria Valentino, also told CNN Friday it's "very hurtful" to see Cosby supporters protesting outside the courthouse "because you want to go up to them and take them one by one and shake them and try to really connect with them". For about 40 hours, the 12 jurors have remained deadlocked on a verdict and this morning they were ordered by the judge to continue trying to reach a verdict. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes.
The jury made a statement explaining they had reached a deadlock in front of the court before it was requested by Judge Steven O'Neill that they return to deliberations.
Meanwhile, Cosby's defense team called for a mistrial - their second motion since the jury announced it was deadlocked on Thursday at lunchtime - arguing that jurors have deliberated long enough and would not come to a unanimous verdict. Cosby gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of accuser Andrea Constand's lawsuit against him.
Since jurors began considering the case Monday evening, they have appeared closely focused on what the iconic comedian has said about that night in January 2004 - and on what Constand told police and stated in her testimony.
"They're conflicted about the inconsistencies in Ms. Constand's testimony", he told reporters on Thursday. "Let me make sure you understand" what's at stake, he said to Cosby.
The jury seemed exasperated at times over the course of the week as it repeatedly asked the judge for clarifications of evidence or to hear testimony from the trial again. Three questions pertained to a review of parts of Cosby's account to authorities, and two were requests to rehear Constand's account and testimony. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Cheltenham Township home in 2004.
Legal experts said the trial fits the "he said, she said" arguments so common to sexual offense cases.
The jury of seven men and five women have deliberated for almost 40 hours since getting the case Monday. He says they were lovers and the encounter was consensual.
The testimony is relevant because Cosby is charged with giving pills to Constand, a former Temple University employee, to incapacitate her before their sexual encounter.
The panel returned to the courtroom to listen to what Cosby had to say about his use of the now-banned party drug quaaludes.
"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.
Comedian, Bill Cosby arrived at court on Friday as the jury continued to deliberate. "And they're hearing Mr. C.'s testimony, and he's extremely truthful".
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.
The jury must be unanimous in voting either to convict or acquit.
The case has already helped demolish his image as America's Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and '90s.