Friday, 22 June, 2018

Jury deadlock: Questions posed during Bill Cosby's sex assault trial

Will Bill Cosby Be Found Guilty Or Not Guilty? Long Deliberation Could Be A Sign Of Deadlock Experts Say Crime 0
Freda Brock | 28 June, 2017, 22:50

The jury's foreman said, in a note to Judge Steven O'Neill, "we can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts".

However, jurors will only determine if Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the central accuser in the case against Cosby and former director of operations for Temple's women's basketball team, in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

On Thursday morning, O'Neill told the jury, "Each of you has a duty to consult with one another [.] if it can be done without violence".

After jurors in the Bill Cosby trial had deliberated for about 31 hours, they told the judge they were deadlocked.

Bill Cosby arrives for his trial on sexual-assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 6.

The jurors have come back six different times with questions since they began deliberating.Most of their questions have been to ask for significant portions of evidence and testimony to be read back to them, including parts of Constand's testimony.

Cosby has wavered between stoic and smiling as he awaits his fate, but he gave a brief thumbs-up as jurors listened to a court reporter reread his January 2005 police interview. Cosby denies Constand's allegations, claiming that their encounter was consensual and that he gave her Benadryl.

A hung jury could represent a clear victory for Cosby, allowing him to avoid what might have been years in prison for three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The jury told a judge on their fourth day of deliberations Thursday that it's deadlocked.

Dozens and dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, many in very similar ways to that of his criminal accuser, Andrea Constand. Cosby was a trustee at the time of the alleged assault.

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Cosby's wife Camille made her first visit to the courtroom on Monday and was treated to McMonagle's two-and-a-half hour closing argument.

Cosby knit his fingers, working his hands into a ball that he held in front of his mouth as the contents of the note were read in court by O'Neill. They wanted to know what is "reasonable doubt".

The judge's decision was echoed by Gloria Allred, Constand's lawyer, who snapped at Wyatt for pushing for mistrial.

Those watching the trial closely are sharing their thoughts about it on Twitter, forming their own opinions on the verdict Cosby deserves or commenting on how the trial is going.

"They're conflicted about the inconsistencies in Ms. Constand's testimony", spokesman Andrew Wyatt said.

A defence motion for a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury was dismissed and the jury ordered back to the deliberation room they have called home for four days.

Defence lawyers during the trial emphasised discrepancies in Constand's statements to police in 2005 in an effort to undermine her credibility.

The charges could put the 79-year-old entertainer in prison for the rest of his life if he's convicted.

Mr Cosby has been accused by at least 50 women of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the course of his career.

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