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Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; judge says keep deliberating

Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; judge says keep deliberating

The jury seated for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial apparently can not reach a unanimous decision on any of the counts that the famed comedian is accused of, and has announced that it is deadlocked.

That story also says that the members of the jury are "seemingly exhausted", which is to be expected when seven men and five women spend 30 hours arguing about rape, but a separate report from the Associated Press specifically notes that one juror was "more upbeat" and "nodded along" as the judge told them all to keep deliberating.

Cosby, 79, was inside the courthouse waiting for the jury verdict on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, then a college administrator, in 2004.

Constand accused the comedian of drugging her with three blue pills before proceeding to fondle her breasts, put his hands into her trousers, and place her hand onto his erect penis during a 2004 encounter, according to an affidavit.

In it, he claimed Constand showed no ill effects from the 1 1/2 Benadryl pills he gave her to help her relax, and that she never objected to his behavior during the 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home. His wife of 53 years, Camille, was not with him as she was on Monday, her first appearance since the trial began June 5. Both Cosby and Constand were in the Norristown, PA courtroom when the jury came in to listen to the judge this morning.

This news organization does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Cosby has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Prosecutors can ask the jurors who could not reach a verdict if they will discuss what occurred.

Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino described the deadlocked jury situation as maddening and admitted she was concerned the case would drag on to the point where people lose interest.




Later, jurors asked to hear what Mr Cosby had told a detective about the alleged assault in 2005.

Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby had drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges.

"This is not the end", the attorney said.

Over the last week, numerous commentators have compared Cosby's case to the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994, which also drew extreme media attention and required a sequestered jury.

As deliberations dragged into a fourth day, some jurors have appeared angry and frustrated.

The 12-person jury is made up of four white women, six white men, one black woman and one black man. "You have taken your task so seriously".

With various civil trials against Cosby planned or underway, a battle for hearts and minds has been fought outside court.


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