Deadlocked Cosby jury asks about 'reasonable doubt'

Lawrence Kim
June 26, 2017

"The record has been broken for Montgomery County, for deliberations", Wyatt said, though the court said that Montgomery County does not keep statistics on jury deliberations.

Cosby's camp has asked for a mistrial four times during deliberations but the judge said Friday he would let the jurors continue.

They also asked for clarity around the language of count three, which pertains to whether Cosby administered "drugs, intoxicants or other means for the goal of preventing resistance" without Constand's knowledge, as well as clarification about Constand's testimony about the alleged attack and read-backs of police testimony about Cosby's 2005 interview with police. The question led court watchers to question whether one or two jurors remain holdouts, with others attempting to convince them of a unanimous verdict - and whether the remaining doubt in the minds of holdout jurors could considered reasonable.

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

If found guilty on all three charges, the comedian could be sentenced to up to 10 years on each count. It's also been almost two years since New York Magazine's evocative cover story featuring 35 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault alongside the now-iconic empty chair representing accusers who were unable or unwilling to come forward. As the waiting period stretches toward the weekend, attitudes have noticeably shifted at the courthouse, especially as the possibility of a hung jury looms. She was at the courthouse Friday and is suing him for defamation in federal court in MA. "If she insists, that could hold some weight", he said. Thursday morning's motion was denied by the judge.

Cosby's lawyers sought to discredit her by pointing to discrepancies between her testimony and statements to law enforcement in 2005, when she first reported the incident a year after it allegedly occurred.

"I want to reiterate how proud I am of each and every one of you", O'Neill said as he sent the jury back to the hotel.

Cosby returned to the courthouse outside Philadelphia on Friday.

The question suggested the panel was bogged down in whether the defense had cast enough legal doubt on the prosecution's case that Cosby assaulted former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand in 2004. Judge Steven O'Neill told the jury he could not provide additional information.

It was the first Twitter message from Mr Cosby in more than a week and came as jurors spent a fifth day in talks, trying to break an impasse that has raised the possibility his trial will end without a verdict.

The jury deliberating Bill Cosby's fate at his Pennsylvania sexual assault trial is reviewing testimony from his accuser's mother about a phone conversation she had with the TV star after the sexual encounter.

Cosby told a doctor that he had a bad back but did not intend to use them for himself, he said, because they made him sleepy.

"Despite the very compelling evidence I've saved and the witnesses who are willing to testify on my behalf, the prosecutor couldn't even consider pressing charges because of the statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault", she added.

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