Cosby jury still deadlocked after marathon deliberation

Virginia Carter
June 19, 2017

A Pennsylvania jury was set to deliberate a fourth day Thursday, still deadlocked on whether to convict disgraced megastar Bill Cosby of committing sexual assault more than 13 years ago. "If after further deliberations, you are still deadlocked on some or all the charges, you should report that to me".

After three days and 28 hours of debate, the group had asked to revisit almost every critical piece of evidence from the trial that began almost two weeks ago - ranging from Cosby's 2005 deposition and police statement, in which he denied drugging and molesting the case's central accuser, Andrea Constand, to Constand's own recollections of the 2004 night she said he attacked her. But he says he'll let the jurors work as long as they want.

Since Monday, the jury has been deliberating the evidence. The charge is known as the Allen Charge in other states.

After 9 p.m. on Thursday, the judge said 12 hours of deliberations was long enough and the jurors were later sent home. All 18 of them have been sequestered in a Montgomery County hotel since the trial began last week.

Cosby, 79, is accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, after giving her pills that she says left her unable to thwart his advances.

Which also means all the sordid details of drugs and sex, emotionally raw testimony and bellicose defense that were the hallmarks of this case will be replayed again, with their impact lessened by familiarity to all but the new jurors here in the Montgomery Country courthouse. Cosby declined to testify in his own defense, and his attorneys only called one witness.

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The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

The sequestered jurors have appeared increasingly exhausted and upset as deliberations dragged on.

Earlier on Friday, the jurors reviewed portions of the sworn depositions Cosby gave during Constand's civil lawsuit in 2005 and 2006, when he described the night in question. 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.

Constand was in the courtroom and showed no emotion as the statement was read.

Pennsylvania law professor David Rudovsky, a criminal lawyer in Philadelphia, said Thursday that the jurors' inability to agree on a verdict didn't surprise him, given the nature of a case that boiled down to Cosby's word against his accuser's and the legal meaning of consent. He added that Cosby "is just happy that we have fair and impartial jurors".

Cosby used his power and fame to violate Constand, an employee of Temple University's basketball program, prosecutors argued during the trial. It will be important to continue to stay tuned in the next few days as more relevant news about this criminal trial is sure to come about, and a verdict could be reached any moment. "And he drugged me and raped me against my will". Allison held the woman's hand as she tried to persuade her to change her mind and told the woman she would have had the same opinion if she had never been alone in a room with Cosby. But, he said, the comedian's camp was not jumping to declare a victory.

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