Deadlocked Bill Cosby jury instructed to resume deliberations Friday

Postado Junho 20, 2017

Attorney Gloria Allred speaks with members of the media during jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 15, 2017. We ask what that means for both Cosby and Andrea Constand.

While Constand initially filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby in 2005, with 12 other "Jane Does" who also claimed to be sexually assaulted by the actor (allegations he roundly denies), the prosecutor ultimately chose not to pursue a criminal case and the suit was settled in 2006. A former Playboy playmate, she says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1969.

The comedian faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

A hung jury would be a clear victory for Cosby, who would avoid what could have been years in prison.

The meaning of the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the three counts against him.

If the seven men and five women can not reach a unanimous decision a mistrial will be declared. The jury is set to return for a fifth day of deliberations on Friday at 9 a.m.

Following the jury's morning note, one of Cosby's accusers, Jewel Allison, began crying.

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.

He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness.

O'Neill told the defense that until the jury says it is still deadlocked, there was little he could do but provide them with any evidence they request.

Constand initially told police about the alleged assault in January 2005, a year after she says it took place.

Outside the courthouse, Constand's lawyers blasted the Cosby team Tuesday for releasing a statement from a woman who had been blocked from testifying at the trial. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.

Commonwealth exhibits 27 through 43 comprise a wider portion of Cosby's deposition from more than a decade ago.

Cosby lowered and shook his head in the courtroom as she spoke.

To counter the supporters, another woman walked the sidewalk with a sign saying "perseverance to all survivors", accompanied by two masked men with drums, to encourage some of Cosby's accusers to dance and cheer. Regardless of the court's decision Mr. Cosby's days inside a courtroom will not be over any time soon. That includes all the testimony covered in Question 1.

"We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of these counts", the sequestered panel said in a note to the judge sent out at 11:06 a.m. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

O'Neill offered to read the written charge, but the jury didn't take him up on it. In a rarity for such a trial, we got to hear directly from the accused, not just the complainant, Canadian Andrea Constand. She made the report in her home province of Ontario, Canada.

Ms Constand and her mother were in court for the announcement from the jurors. She said after she started experiencing those effects, Cosby escorted her to a sitting room, he testified. They introduced telephone records that showed Constand calling Cosby twice on Valentine's Day in 2004 - about a month after the alleged assault.