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Cosby judge turns down jury's request to hear testimony

17 Juin 2017

Even as his attorney demanded a mistrial, Cosby himself thanked jurors for "their long days" and "their honest work, individually".

Cosby's spokesman said Thursday the impasse showed that jurors doubted Constand's story. "Your question does indicate that you are deliberating", he said, perhaps implying that jurors are getting closer to breaking their deadlock.

Bill Cosby's defense team is asking again for a mistrial, more than 50 hours into jury deliberations in his suburban Philadelphia sexual assault case.

Separately Friday, O'Neill addressed Cosby on the issue of mistrial, the first time the prospect has been raised in court.

Former Temple employee Andrea Constand walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse before continuing her testimony about her alleged sexual assault by Bill Cosby.

Just before lunch Friday, the jury sent yet another question looking to rehear testimony.

It was the first significant request by the jury to review a piece of testimony that did not specifically concern the night of the Constand encounter, suggesting jurors were trying to widen their scope as they sought to break their stalemate.

Judge Steven O'Neill says he's compelled by law to allow deliberations to go on for as long as the jury wants. Andrea Constand, right, returns to the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexual.

Constand said the pills made her drowsy, blurred her vision and her legs feel "rubbery". Earlier that day, jurors announced they were deadlocked and could not come to a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against Cosby. She says he drugged and molested her as she lay helpless on his couch.

Cosby testified in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women before sex.

Cosby's defense team has based their arguments on the idea that Constand's relationship with the comedian was romantic in nature and, therefore, their encounters were consensual. For about 40 hours, the 12 jurors have remained deadlocked on a verdict and this morning they were ordered by the judge to continue trying to reach a verdict.

"Each of you has a duty to consult with one another and to deliberate with a view to reaching an agreement, if it can be done without violence to your individual judgment", the judge said.

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Cosby's lawyer, Brian McMonagle, has said Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy. On those occasions, jurors asked to revisit testimony or clarity on the phrasing of his charge. The 79-year-old TV star said in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women before sex.

During his interview with law enforcement, Cosby said that he gave Benadryl to Constand. But he said he no longer had the quaaludes - a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the 1982 - when he met Constand in 2002 at Temple University. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes.

The jury is deliberating for a fifth day on Friday.

Comedian #Bill Cosby is on trial in Pennsylvania for allegations of sexual misconduct against college basketball star Andrea Constand.

Jurors made the request a few minutes after resuming deliberations Friday.

Later, the jury presented additional questions, requesting to hear Cosby's sealed testimony from his civil deposition in 2005.

Commonwealth exhibits 27 through 43 comprise a wider portion of Cosby's deposition from more than a decade ago. "I don't think they know that they can say it again".

The jury has now deliberated more than 45 hours over five days without reaching a verdict.

She also asked Cosby's representatives for free tickets for her and her family to see Cosby's stand-up show in Toronto in August, half a year after the alleged assault.

"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. And they had not sent a question or the judge in almost 10 hours.

This news organization does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.