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Jury deadlocked in Bill Cosby sex assault trial, ordered to continue deliberations

Acilia Dean | 20 Giugno, 2017, 11:51

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

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. Later, the former basketball star posted a tweet of herself tossing a ball through a toy hoop in the courthouse corridor, with the words "Always Follow Through" superimposed on the video.

Constand claims that Cosby who she saw as a father figure drugged her and then sexually assaulted her. Cosby's defense team pointed out that after the so-called assault, Constand continued a relationship with Cosby. In the face of enormous and compelling evidence against Cosby, they can't decide whether or not he is guilty of sexual assault.

O'Neill told jurors Thursday night, "I am proud of each and every one of you ... this is hard work you are doing".

As Cosby left the courthouse Thursday night, people chanted, "Free Bill", outside the Montgomery County Courthouse.

"I just want to wish all of the fathers a happy Father's Day", Cosby said. 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.

O'Neill also called out Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt for taking to the courthouse steps and telling reporters the case should end in a mistrial. O'Neill told them to continue deliberations in the hopes of breaking their impasse.

Jurors were also keenly focused on what Cosby said about the pills he gave to Constand before their encounter, asking for the second time in deliberations to revisit a portion of the deposition in which the comedian talked about giving Constand "three friends for you to make you relax".

In his decade-old depositions, Cosby said he gave Constand Benadryl, a common allergy drug whose side effects can include drowsiness.

The judge did not set a deadline for how much longer jurors should deliberate on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault, a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison.


O'Neill sent them back to the jury room to keep talking.

The case involves Cosby's sexual encounter with Andrea Constand, 44, at his suburban Philadelphia home. Cosby's defense attorneys argued the sexual contact was consensual and worked to highlight inconsistencies in Constand's testimony on cross-examination.

Mr Cosby has been accused by at least 50 women of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the course of his career. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.

The trial began on June 5, and the jury began deliberating Monday evening.

On Friday morning, jurors came back with more questions. Twice Thursday, Judge Steven O'Neill instructed the panel to work toward a decision.

Cosby's spokesman maintained the impasse showed that jurors doubted Constand's story.

The charges could put the 79-year-old entertainer in prison for the rest of his life if he's convicted. One required the jury to find that Constand could not "consent", another that she was "unconscious", and a third that Cosby "administered an intoxicant".

After further deliberations, jurors could still return a unanimous verdict.

Some jurors appeared angry, the judge sounded exasperated and Constand's mother broke down in tears Wednesday.

Constand's case was the exception.

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