Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; judge says keep deliberating

  • Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; judge says keep deliberating

Jury deadlocks in Cosby trial; judge says keep deliberating

It was a dramatic turn of events in a trial entering its ninth day, including four days of deliberations.

Gomez said, "The longer a jury takes to reach a decision, the more there is the possibility that they will be a hung jury, or that they will compromise to come to their verdict".

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. "That's really what happens when you have a he-said-she-said case".

Yet before they were released for the evening, a rattled O'Neill bizarrely brought in the exhausted-looking jury, appeared to chastise them, and sent them back to the jury room-forgetting to formally dismiss them.

They are what is called a sequestered jury, meaning its access to communications and media is strictly monitored.

Reports of scenes outside the court have noted the polarizing effect of the Cosby trial on Americans.

Bill Cosby has arrived for the fourth day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial. There was a smile on his face.

But the judge has instructed the panel to return to continue trying to reach a verdict. As a result of Constraint's accusations, Cosby has pleaded not guilty and continuously denied any wrongdoing. His spokesperson hopes that the jurors are being treated properly and nobody will attempt to change their ideas or beliefs about this case.

"This is an incredible jury that has just acted with incredible dignity and fidelity", O'Neill said before sending them back to their hotel for the night.

As reporters streamed out of the courtroom, poet and author Jewel Allison - one of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of assaulting them - burst into tears. Their assertions span five decades and several had similarities: the accusers said the alleged assaults occurred in conjunction with Cosby's giving them pills. According to an affidavit, Constand has accused Cosby of drugging her with three blue pills and then making physical contact without her consent including forcing his hands into her pants and coercing her into touching his erect penis in 2004. He testified that Cosby's accuser, Andrea Constand, had visited Cosby in a hotel room at a CT casino.

Cosby's defense team argues that the encounter was consensual and "romantic", while prosecutors say it was one assault within a larger pattern of drugging and sexually assaulting women.

Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, says the impasse shows that jurors are "conflicted about the inconsistencies" in accuser Andrea Constand's account.

The once-beloved comedian has been accused of sexual abuse by approximately 60 women, but only Constand's allegations have led to criminal charges.

- Not guilty on all counts.

The case has already helped demolish his image as America's Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and '90s.

The jury has asked questions specifically relating to Constand's original police report which contradicted her testimony Tuesday.