Cosby's lawyer, judge clash as jury pushes patience, clock

Jury in Bill Cosby sex trial asks for definition of reasonable doubt

The Bill Cosby sexual assault trial has ended in a mistrial.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

O'Neill told the jury that if they decide to talk about the case, they should remember that their deliberations are confidential and should not discuss any votes they took or anything other jurors said.

By the time a mistrial was declared Saturday, the exhausted jurors had spent more than 50 hours in deliberations. Still, that would represent a major win for Cosby's team, which has argued the case never should have reached court.

"Mr. Cosby's power is back". Following the mistrial, she said she will continue to work on a civil suit against Cosby.

On Friday, the panel listened again to what Cosby had to say about his use of quaaludes, a now-banned party drug.

The statement also sharply criticized the judge and prosecutors for pursuing the case.

How do I describe the judge?

Cosby presented himself as a sort of moral leader and advocate for responsibility: His controversial "pound cake" speech excoriated poor black Americans for what he described as ignorance and poor parenting. The charges involve Cosby's sexual encounter with Andrea Constand, 44, at his suburban Philadelphia home. She said she viewed Cosby as a mentor and friend and went to his home in mid-January 2004 to discuss her career.

"After 52 hours of deliberation, probably one of the most courageous acts I've ever seen, I'm compelled to grant a mistrial", Judge O'Neill said to the court.

The jurors told O'Neill on Thursday morning they were having trouble reaching a verdict on the three counts he faces, prompting the judge to give a standard instruction that they should keep working without compromising their individual beliefs.

The jury is now deliberating after announcing a deadlock. "How do I describe the counsel for the accusers?" "But I still feel that I have an very bad lot to offer in terms of my writing, in terms of my performance".

He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody".

Dozens of women have come forward to say the comedian had drugged and assaulted them, but many of their cases were deemed too old to prosecute.

Cosby maintained that he and Constand shared a consensual sexual encounter.

"Justice is alive in Montgomery County", Cosby's attorney, Brian McMonagle, said with his client standing silently behind him.

"We're talking about all the man's tomorrows", said McMonagle, urging acquittal of an icon in the twilight of life. He found success with his "Fat Albert" animated TV show and starred in commercials for Jello-O pudding. The wire service released the document - in which Cosby admitted that he obtained quaaludes, a sedative, with the intent of giving the drug to women he wanted to have sex with.

In the deposition, the I Spy star stated that he gave Constand three half-tablets of Benadryl before the touching began. She described the prosecutor as "heinously and exploitively ambitious".

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each one punishable by up to 10 years behind bars. "They'll take the edge off", Cosby told Constand, according to her testimony.

When Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced that he plans to retry the case, there was a small gasp in the gallery. At the time, she was a 30-year-old employee of Temple University, while Cosby, 66, was a trustee. Constand won a national title with the University of Arizona and played in a pro league in Europe before landing a job with Temple University women's basketball team. "Everyone is assuming one way or another", said O'Neill. "Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship?" "So these people are saying he has or she has - the people they want to bar - has no right, no right whatsoever to be appearing in this place".

But Steele said it was no accident that some of Constand's memories were faulty. He said he told her to tell the truth because "the truth is easy". "She believes things happen for a reason". Cosby chose not to testify at trial.

Comedian Bill Cosby, pictured December 30, 2015 to the Court House in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault over an incident that took place in 2004 with accuser Andrea Constand.



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