Cosby Jury Deadlocks; Judge Orders Further Deliberations

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 16, 2017

Jurors at comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial went back to work on Thursday after more than 30 hours of deliberations over 2-1/2 days failed to yield a verdict.

The panel deliberated about 30 hours over four days before telling Judge Steven O'Neill they couldn't reach a verdict on any of the three counts against the 79-year-old comedian.

"If the other jurors say to the judge, one juror will not deliberate, will not discuss facts, reasons, will not participate, judges have actually removed jurors".

The jury told a judge on their fourth day of deliberations Thursday that it's deadlocked.

If the Judge's so-called dynamite charge doesn't unlock the hold-out (s), then in what will essentially be a stay for Cosby and a blow to the prosecution, this could mean that this case is going to start up all over again but with a new jury.

The judge sent them back to the jury room to keep talking.

Cosby's felony sexual assault case was handed over to jurors on Monday.

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. In those interviews, Cosby admitted to sexual contact with Constand and said they had previously had a romantic encounter.

Kirkpatrick stepped forward in early 2015 and said she met Cosby in 1981 when she played against him in a Las Vegas tennis tournament and got invited to the greenroom at his casino comedy show.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, used her testimony as well as the words of a second accuser, Kelly Johnson, to portray Cosby as a serial predator.

Though dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, only Constand's accusations led to criminal charges.

Constand testified she was paralyzed by the pills and unable to fight Cosby off.

The three charges accuse Cosby of assaulting Andrea Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent.

If deliberations drag on, that's usually because either the panel is divided or, in complex cases, they are reviewing voluminous amounts of evidence.

She explained away the numerous phone calls they had afterward by saying she was merely returning Cosby's messages about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where he was a powerful member of the board of trustees and she was at that time director of team operations.

With the jury struggling to find common ground, some of the other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault confronted sign-waving Cosby supporters gathered on the courthouse steps to await the outcome. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.

Jurors did hear Cosby's side of the story - but not in his voice. I'm anxious there are too many men on the jury.

They've paused a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled accuser Andrea Constand after giving her pills at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. In that case, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry the TV star or drop the charges.

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