Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Topic of the Day: Jurors Deadlocked in Cosby Case

Topic of the Day: Jurors Deadlocked in Cosby Case

Since beginning deliberations at 5 p.m. on Monday, the jury has asked to either review or have read to them, several pieces of testimony including a police report detailing the kinds of pills Cosby is alleged to have given Constand, a chunk from Constand's almost eight hours of testimony, the report from the Durham Police in Canada, and the interview that Cosby did with Cheltenham Police.

The jury has completed about 40 hours of deliberations, including three consecutive 12-hour days, without reaching an unanimous verdict and will return on Friday.

O'Neill did not release them but instead read instructions for a hung jury and ordered them back into the room.

Under Pennsylvania law, a judge has the power to decide what to do once a jury announces deadlock.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004, and is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

But in most of those cases, the statute of limitations had expired by the time the women came forward. Cosby's publicist came outside and declared the deadlock a "victory", while others cautioned that the outcome of the trial is still far from clear.

Cosby refused to testify and his lawyers called just one witness, a police detective, before resting their case in minutes on Monday. He says Cosby was cute and clever with the children and talked to them in Italian.

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Each of the counts against Cosby carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy. However, this month's trial marked the first time Cosby faced criminal charges; the statute of limitations had expired in virtually all of the other cases.

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

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - As deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial continue into a fourth day Thursday, nerves are frayed, patience is shot and no one is certain when it will all end.

Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, read the statement from longtime Temple University official Marguerite Jackson, who said Constand told her of a plan to falsely accuse a "high-profile person" of sexual assault so she could sue and get money.

Victoria Valentino, who has alleged Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1970 and has been present throughout the trial, said it was "maddening" that jurors could hear Constand's testimony and still be stuck.

If Cosby is found guilty, a big question will be whether O'Neill revokes Cosby's bond and sends the entertainer to jail. Jurors also asked the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the charges, and asked to rehear testimony from the Cheltenham police detective who interviewed Cosby. Cosby - who is also dubbed as "America's Dad" due to his long-running program The Cosby Show - was supported by several protesters carrying signs that said "Free Mr. Cosby" and "stop wasting taxpayer money."

Lili Bernard, who claims Cosby sexually assaulted her in the early '90s when she was preparing for a guest appearance on "The Cosby Show", said she loved Cosby and he took advantage of her.

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