Deadlocked Jury To Continue Deliberating Friday In Cosby’s Sex Assault Case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) —Four days after getting the case, deadlocked jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial struggled to end their impasse Thursday on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004, the prospect of a mistrial growing larger even as the judge directed them to keep talking.

Still undecided, they wrapped up after 9 p.m. and will resume their work Friday morning.

As deliberations began Thursday morning, the tired and anxious jury told Judge Steven O’Neill around 11:30 a.m. that they were deadlocked.

“We cannot come to unanimous consensus on any of the counts,” the jury said.

However, the judge has told them to keep working.

As the jury entered 40 hours of deliberations, Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyant said, “we’re in the 40th hour, all we’re asking for is to put an end to it right now.

The reaction in the courtroom was flat as prosecutors and defense attorneys were motionless.

Central witness Andrea Constand stared straight on and the body language of some jurors showed frustration.

Cosby’s team applauded jurors for what they said was a careful review and retrial of the evidence in the jury room.

“Hopefully we will get outta here, the way we came in, a not guilty, innocent man,” said Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt.

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Following the announcement, the steps outside the Montgomery County courthouse turned into a madhouse.

A two-person drum corps lapped the building and were eventually told to hit the mute button.

There were also heated debates between accusers and those demanding Cosby be vindicated.

The sequestered jury has been at it for over 30 hours since getting the case Monday, pausing a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby’s decade-old admissions that he fondled Constand after giving her pills.

O’Neill has seemed vexed at times as the court staff struggled to answer the jury’s requests. One batch of requested testimony hadn’t even been transcribed yet.

But when jurors asked to stop for the day Wednesday night, O’Neill was effusive with praise – encouraging their diligence as they weigh charges that could put the 79-year-old Cosby in prison for the rest of his life.

“This is an incredible jury that has just acted with incredible dignity and fidelity,” O’Neill said. “I don’t have any higher praise. You have taken your task so seriously.”

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Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted.

The case has already helped demolish his nice-guy reputation as America’s Dad.

Cosby has wavered between stoic and smiling as he awaits his fate, but gave a brief thumbs-up as jurors listened to a court reporter reread his January 2005 police interview.

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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.

Constand testified last week that she was paralyzed by the pills and unable to fight Cosby off. Her mother, Gianna Constand, pulled a cloth from her pocket to wipe away tears Wednesday as she listened to the testimony.

Cosby’s lawyers maintain Constand was a willing sexual partner.

Some jurors closed their eyes and tilted their heads down as they listened to the police interview. One slunk down in his seat, looking angry.

“Can you find 12 people who will agree? That’s the question,” said criminal lawyer Alan J. Tauber, who wasn’t involved in the case.

“They’ve been here a long time. I’m sure they would like to reach a verdict,” said high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who represents some of Cosby’s accusers.

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On Thursday, Constand tweeted a video of her shooting baskets in the hallway of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

“Always follow through,” the graphic on the video said.

Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor never proceeded with this case years ago because he said evidence didn’t exist to bring forth a conviction.

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  1. It’s the O.J. Simpson trial all over again, without the glove.
    They aren’t going to find a black jury to convict him. All the defense needs is one black juror and they’ve won.

  2. Nothing is ever going to happen to Cosby…Not now…not ever! Only justice here is that he is spending tons of money for his defense…

  3. Kids are given 2 Benedryl for hayfever allergies…and this woman is claiming she was “paralyzed” by 1 1/2 of them? Its time this woman’s lie gets put to bed, and that Cosby be allowed to live out his life in peace. Was he an adulterer…yes. Did he give women something to “relax” them? Sounds like it. But it wasn’t “drugs”, it was allergy medicine. And these women voluntarily took those pills when alone with him, knowing what he had in mind.

  4. I know there are 7 men and 5 women on the jury.
    But, what is the racial make-up of the jury?

  5. Are there really people out there that believe a black juror is going to find Cosby guilty of anything? Really ? I mean really ?

  6. rytwinger says:

    Let me guess, a few negros on the jury? We’ll have another O.J. decision soon….

  7. Judge is a fool forcing a compromise verdict.

  8. Mistrial. Drag this out or summer or vacate it, judge. You’ve got a country on the brink of civil war. Let the old man go, for god’s sake.

  9. Dan Adkison says:

    Surely, a conviction would be an act of racism. Not gonna happen in today’s world.

  10. Guilty as a man sentenced to hell and no verdict yet? Must be several African Americans on that jury!

    1. Gene Evensen says:

      Believe it or not only two

    2. Ya there are two blacks on the jury it only takes one to hang the jury, Need to change this

  11. Nathan Fluet says:

    is the substance he gave her accepted to be Benadryl by both sides or are her lawyer saying he gave her something else. if both sides agree the substance was Benadryl then she is obviously lying since it does not incapacitate you my wife weighs less than 100lbs and took twice that after a bee sting and got a little bit of head spins but in no way shape or form does it incapacitate you.

    Common sense will tell you if a person that weighs more takes a smaller amount then it will have even less effect.

  12. who is it that is waging a war on women, exactly?

  13. Kay Dey says:

    They had to move the trial to try to even find a jury that would not convict him based on news media sources. I don’t know about all the other cases, but this one appears to be bogus. No one ever became incapacitated with 1.5 Benedryl…..ever. Furthermore, if Cosby was the rapist they say he is, and if she was incapacitated, then why did he stop at touching. Nothing would have prevented him from actually raping her. This particular case does not appear to be legitimate. He cannot be convicted based on media heresy from women who were not bothered enough to report their alleged abuse for over 10 years.

  14. Wes Buckman says:

    He should be fully exonerated–this is a witch hunt against Bill Cosby.

  15. sadly, if this is what racial equality has come to….

  16. Wade Ward says:

    I suspect this may be breaking down by race. Cosby is black and the women he raped are mostly white. Blacks have a tendency to protect their own. The question of guilt is a secondary issue for them.

    1. Exactly. The two moon crickets the jury are pulling an OJ to get even wif White beeyutches.

    2. irishsavant says:

      That was obvious from the beginning. One of the many problems associated with a multicultural “society”.

  17. Jimmy Zick says:

    I’ve been on two juries. 1st there was one holdout crazy lady that just had a hunch the guy didn’t do it, even though his attorney said he did. 2nd I was the holdout that thought a guy was guilty of touching a kid. I changed my vote to allow a verdict and we convicted of a lesser charge. The judge told us afterward, he was guilty and had done it before. I would strongly recommend that if you’re guilty, take a chance with a jury, because from what I’ve seen, they’re nuts.

  18. Leo Rodolfo says:

    The issue isn’t Cosby’s guilt or innocence. The issue, sadly, as with many juries these days, is; IS THE JURY BRAVE ENOUGH TO CONVICT BASED ON THE EVIDENCE?

    And I think we all know the answer to that. It will indeed be another OJ jury, followed by the TV appearances, books, etc. What a country.

  19. I can’t believe they may let this criminal off, unbelievable.

  20. Mark Mach says:

    We all knew it would be a hung jury. Duh. But this is not Bill’s last trial. Only the first of many. He will die broke and likely alone. Serves him right.

  21. Paralyzed by 1.5 Benadryl? What a joke. Free Bill Cosby!

  22. Paralyzed by 1/5 Benadryl? What a joke. Free Bill Cosby!

  23. Gary Willson says:

    OJ Simpson trial, all over again.

  24. Lilith Whyte says:

    The afric-unamericans on the jury will never find him guilty.

    1. How do you know that? He’s just about lost all of the support from the black community with the exception to a few crazy conspiracy theorists especially after Hannibal Burress called him out.

  25. For heavens sake, let the man go.
    Why don’t pursue Bill Clinton, there is much more there.

  26. There are probably blacks on the jury who want to find him innocent.

  27. Carl Ball says:

    good! this whole trial was a joke. she went to the cops in 2006 and they had nothing to charge him with as she probably changed her story so many times. as for the parade those were older than this ditzy lady and none went to the cops! i am sure a hung jury no verdict will be done and then you can be sure they will not try him again! then the kangaroo court civil trials begin like oj’s! they took oj’s money fine but they did not deserve his sports awards that was a disgrace!

  28. People like to bring down successful black men. Leave him alone.

  29. They as much as guaranteed ‘Jury Nullification’ when they let the two blacks on the jury. It’s just a fact of life, and is well known to defense lawyers representing black defendants.

  30. He drugged and raped women. What’s there to deliberate???

  31. no more OJ defense! the man likes ass raping ladies its still a crime worthy of death!

  32. Raping white women isn’t considered a crime in the hood

    1. I suspect that a man in a white pointy hat told you that…

  33. Mark Todd says:

    great news, it will end up a hung jury. how the hold outs for not guilty stand strong and don’t change their vote.

  34. John Clark says:

    Alcohol is a drug, ain’t it? How many of us guys have ever taken a woman for a drink, hoping this drug will free their spirits, and so we can bed them? Guilty are we? Hope this is a well-hung jury.

    1. You Do realize that taking advantage of a drunken woman is also rape, don’t you?

  35. Jack Riddle says:

    I find it interesting that none of these ladies thought to bring charges against him until recently, after he had lambasted his fellow black Americans for following the political paths that many were following.

  36. What do you expect – he’s black. Liberals love their criminals.

  37. ANOTHER PIECE OF HUMAN SHlT will get acquitted in California. If I EVER acquire MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, and decide to be a PERVERT/RAPIST, I will SURELY move there. It’s a safe haven.

    1. There’s only going to be one winner…the lawyer.

  38. Toren Nerot says:

    I bet that there’s an OJ trial jury-type situation going on here.

  39. they are afraid to apply the law fairly, due to his skin color. Equality does not justify criminality. and I LOVED Bill Cosby

  40. Argos Wolf says:

    Black folks in the jury putting up a fight for him. Typical.

    1. How do you know that? You do understand that he has white fans too right? Oh and there are only 2 black jurors, not 6.

  41. Andy Howe says:

    One paragraph of story says the jury has told the judge it is deadlocked. Another paragraph of the story says there has been no indication from the jury that it is deadlocked. It has to be one or the other, doesn’t it?
    In a criminal trial, in which the government has the burden of proving guilt, I have always been concerned when a jury says that it is deadlocked and cannot reach a unanimous verdict and the judge tells them to keep trying. It always seems like the judge is trying to influence the jury’s deliberations by essentially telling them “You get back in there because I am not going to let you go home until some of you change your opinions and vote with the majority.” How many jurors end up caving to what seems a judicial command and vote against their real beliefs? At this point, there does not seem to be any indication of whether there is a complete split or a majority for guilt or a majority for not guilty. But when a jury indicates it is deadlocked, that appears to indicate that the government has not sufficiently proven its case to the satisfaction of every juror.

  42. Nobody should be tried for anything while Clinton`s and Obama remain free. How would anybody feel if a loved one had a deadlocked jury, judge sends jury back and then they go for guilty to get out of there.

    I never cared for Cosby Show, guy is a democrat for goodness sake, but let it go

  43. The moolies on the jury are delaying the hanging.

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