Cosby arrives for 4th day of jury deliberations

Friday, 16 Jun, 2017

At one point on Thursday, the jurors informed the judge they were deadlocked, but they were sent back to continue deliberations. O'Neill has praised the jurors for how seriously they have taken the case thus far.

"'I have three friends for you to make you relax, '" Cosby said, recalling during the deposition what he'd told Constand. "But each of you must decide by yourself".

Before the impasse, the sequestered jury of seven men and five women had paused deliberations six times to revisit testimony or ask for clarity on the phrasing of one of the charges.

The jury for Bill Cosby's criminal trial will deliberate for a fourth day whether the comedian is guilty of sexually assaulting accuser Andrea Constand.

The 12-member jury must come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit.

Marguerite Jackson's testimony in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial might have changed the course of history, but the jury will never hear it.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them. "The consent issue is good for Cosby - the deposition is not".

"There are times when all the words we can say are not adequate".

She played professional basketball in Italy and also was director of operations for the Temple University women's basketball team.

As expected, the 79-year-old comedian did not take the stand.

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Arthur "Terry" Lefco, an attorney at Philadelphia-based Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman and Goggin, pointed to jury confusion as a factor.

Judge O'Neill denied Cosby's lawyers a chance to call Jackson as a witness, saying that her testimony was hearsay.

They seemed to chafe at the long hours imposed by O'Neill, who wanted them to work 12 1/2-hour days until 9:30 p.m.

Constand had gone to Cosby's house for dinner and to get advice about her career. "Second, there is likely disagreement on the panel, and so jurors are needing to discuss and debate their different perspectives". More information will be provided as details are made available.

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But Gloria Allred, a high-profile lawyer who represents more than 30 Cosby accusers, said the jury's note was not vindication for the entertainer. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby. If they give the district attorney the sense there were several people willing to acquit, that would complicate a decision to retry him, Tully said.

The prosecution spent a week presenting its case, and the defense less than a day. "Facts of the case don't add up, " Wyatt said.

The jury says it's deadlocked on the charges, but has continued to deliberate.

O'Neill said the alternates are permitted to use their laptops while they wait for the verdict.

Q: What happens when a jury tells the judge they are deadlocked?