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. The jury consists of seven men and five women, who have requested recently for the full context of quotes Cosby gave in a deposition, in which he talked about the pills he gave Constand.
The jurors have appeared increasingly exhausted and upset as deliberations dragged on for almost 40 hours over four days.
Bill Cosby's spokesman Andrew WyattBill Cosby speaks with members of the media during jury deliberations in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 15, 2017.
Bill Cosby has arrived for the fourth day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial.
Cosby, 79, once beloved for his brand of family-friendly comedy, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, then 31, at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.
The jurors went back to the deliberating room after having the quaaludes testimony read back to them and listening again to the definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutors must cross to win a conviction. Richard Schaffer, the detective who took Cosby's statement, and asking him to verify what he wrote in his reports. They seemed to chafe at the long hours imposed by O'Neill, who wanted them to work 12 1/2-hour days until 9:30 at night. "I don't hear her say anything".
Some jurors closed their eyes and tilted their heads down as they listened to the police interview. Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term.
The judge's decision was echoed by Gloria Allred, Constand's lawyer, who snapped at Wyatt for pushing for mistrial. He is accused 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 in his home outside of Philadelphia, in Elkins Park, in early 2004.
Nothing has filtered out about the state of the deliberations, with only hints to be gleaned from questions they have asked O'Neill.
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Mr Wyatt said: "He never got a fair trial".
The case has already helped demolish his nice-guy reputation as America's Dad.
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.
The embattled jurors in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial remained deadlocked for yet another day Thursday, - while the embattled comedian called on the judge to declare a mistrial. After a lunch break, reviewed testimony from Constand's mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter.
On Thursday, the jury entered into its fourth day of deliberations - and announced that it can not arrive at a unanimous decision despite extended deliberations.
Cosby allegedly drugged and raped Bernard before her guest star appearance on "The Cosby Show" in 1992, Bernard told The Temple News.
While there have been no clear indications on the progress of the deliberations, the jurors did ask to relisten to Constand's testimony, in which she describes being given the pills, and asked for clarifications on the legal meaning of "without her knowledge" by Wednesday afternoon.
If the trial ends in a hung jury, the district attorney could choose to retry the case, but prosecutors would not likely move for an immediate retrial, according to a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.