Bill Cosby's sexual assault jury deadlocked

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial told the judge this morning they are deadlocked.

The notification of a deadlock came at 11:06 a.m. via a note from the jury foreperson."We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts", the note read.O'Neill gave the jurors instruction regarding their responsibilities and sent them back to deliberate about 11:30 a.m.Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham home in 2004.

The judge said he saw no evidence of coercion or trouble in the deliberating room after the jurors reported their impasse on Thursday and he instructed them to keep trying for a verdict.

Lawyers for Bill Cosby demanded that a judge declare a mistrial in the entertainer's sexual assault case on Friday, complaining that jurors were essentially rehearing the entire week of trial testimony as their deliberations passed the 45-hour mark.

Bill Cosby, center, accompanied by his lawyer Brian McMonagle, walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 15, 2017.

While exasperating, the jury's deadlock and nail-biting, four-day deliberations in Bill Cosby's trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault offered a glimmer of hope that socially, we may be moving the needle on sexual assault.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on all three felony counts.

Retrial would be costly, she said, and she worries that further dragging out Cosby's prosecution might push it out of the realm of public concern. However, this month's trial marked the first time Cosby faced criminal charges; the statute of limitations had expired in virtually all of the other cases.

"There's a misperception that there's a time limit", he said.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said only that the "jury is apparently working very hard". He is accused of sexually assaulting the then 31-year-old Constand in January 2004 inside his Elkins Park home. But the judge sent the jury back to continue deliberating.

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At a news conference on Thursday, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt urged O'Neill to end the case and send the jurors home.

Outside the court, Constand's attorney Gloria Allred told reporters that the deadlock "was not a vindication of anybody". But he says he no longer had them when he met accuser Andrea Constand in 2002 at Temple University. The jury is set to return for a fifth day of deliberations on Friday at 9 a.m.

Bill Cosby, the comedian who was once known as America's family man and role model, is now awaiting the decision of the jury regarding his highly publicized rape case.

He then turned to the jury and read them instructions meant to try to persuade them to find unanimity.

While many in the courthouse have been speculating about the jury's progress, it has been couched under a thick veil of confidentiality - the jurors have been warned against talking to the media while judicial officials refused to tell The New York Times whether they are able to have a computer over the course of their sequester.

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine.



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