Cosby jury deadlocked after four days of deliberations

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Giugno 27, 2017

Jurors have started testing the patience of the judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial.

Cosby has denied all accusations of wrongdoing.

He instructed them to rely on their collective recollection.

Jury deliberations have now lasted about as long as the prosecution and defense cases combined.

Women are reminded of the unfortunate realities surrounding sexual assault time and again as heartbreaking viral stories drift in and out of the fickle cultural conversations.

A 2005 police interview during which Cosby acknowledged giving her pills and fondling her, along with related testimony from the suburban Philadelphia detective who read it into the record.

The Pennsylvania judge overseeing Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial says he will allow the jurors to keep working to break a deadlock as long as they are willing.

- Cosby's description of what he says was a romantic encounter with Constand before the night of the alleged assault.

Cosby also confirmed in the statement that he received multiple prescriptions for quaaludes by a doctor for his "sore back", and that he regularly handed them out to women.

Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Nearly 24 hours after the jury in Bill Cosby's criminal trial told the judge that they were deadlocked, they are set to return to court for the fifth straight day to deliberate whether the comedian is guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. "We can only hope the judge- if they don't have a verdict right now- will release them, and say this is a deadlock".

The testimony that the jury asked to hear again in court included details on how Cosby allegedly referred to himself as a "sick man" during the chat with Gianna, who is the mother of his accuser, Andrea Constand. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Prosecutors say his prior use of Quaaludes shows that Cosby had knowledge of what he was doing when he gave her the pills.

Most of the women refused to pursue charges because of Cosby's reputation and stature.

"It's very harrowing for juries when they're sequestered", he said, adding that many people do not understand just how hard "beyond a reasonable doubt" is to prove.

Cosby's lawyer said he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy. "When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" He has said it was Benadryl, a cold and allergy medicine. Prosecutors have suggested he might have given her quaaludes.

Jurors made the request a few minutes after resuming deliberations for a fifth day.

Speaking directly to Cosby, the judge put the 79-year-old comedian under oath and asked if he supported a mistrial motion.

Commonwealth exhibits 27 through 43 comprise a wider portion of Cosby's deposition from more than a decade ago. The judge refused a defense request for a mistrial.

Shortly afterward she began feeling dizzy and said her legs were like "jelly", Mason said. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", escorted Cosby into court on the first day of the trial.

The case essentially pits Cosby's celebrity against Constand's credibility, highlighting the problems women face when they confront their perpetrators.

The jury's move on Friday morning sent the speculation and tension in the courthouse, already high following a series of 12-hour days of deliberations with no verdict, into overdrive.

A new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury.

Cosby stands accused of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand, then a Temple University employee, in his Cheltenham home in January 2004.

The comedian is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

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