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Jurors asked eighth question in Cosby trial

21 Juin 2017

Upon hearing the jurors' requests lead defense lawyer Brian J. McMonagle asked the judge to declare a mistrial.

O'Neill had appeared impatient Thursday night after a news conference by Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt exhorting the judge to call a mistrial, and courtroom observers read the unconventional address of the defendant Friday as a response to that.

Jury deliberations have now lasted about as long as the prosecution and defense cases combined. Cosby gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of accuser Andrea Constand's lawsuit against him.

Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. 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.

Jurors listened again to Cosby's deposition testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s. Answer: No. Question: Did you know at that time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs?

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over a week of testimony, including Constand, but presented nearly no forensic evidence. Cosby sat back in his chair, expressionless. In Cosby's case, that could involve the more than 60 other women who have accused him of assaults dating to the 1960s.

Shown is the Montgomery County Courthouse during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the in Norristown, Pa., Thursday. "But, the judge also tells the jurors that they should not compromise their closely-held beliefs just to reach a verdict and go home".

The jury's move on Friday morning sent the speculation and tension in the courthouse, already high following a series of 12-hour days of deliberations with no verdict, into overdrive.

"It's not uncommon for a jury to be deadlocked at first but then to reach a verdict after some prodding from the judge", says Larry Cunningham, vice dean and professor of legal writing at St. John's Law School in NY, and a former prosecutor.

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At 11:06 a.m. Thursday, jurors, for the first time, said they were deadlocked. O'Neill told them to continue deliberations in the hopes of breaking their impasse.

Thursday night, O'Neill dismissed jurors after almost 12 hours of deliberation. Cosby is being tried for three cases of aggravated assault against former Temple University women's basketball player Andrea Constand.

More than a dozen excerpts from Cosby's deposition, including the "friends" comment and his acknowledgment that he'd gone "somewhere between permission and rejection" during a previous encounter with Constand.

Cosby says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual. A conviction could put Cosby in prison for the rest of his life.

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

"You have a spokesman who is explaining to the media what a mistrial means - at least what he believes a mistrial is", O'Neill told Cosby in court.

If the jury is unable to reach a unanimous consensus on the charges, a mistrial may occur.

District Attorney Kevin Steele, who ran for office promising to pursue Cosby on the long-abandoned case, would then have several months to decide whether to retry Cosby.

An hour after resuming their deliberations, the jury began sending a string of questions to the judge. "Sometimes the jury will disclose the vote to demonstrate that the jury is far apart or that they are very close but there is one holdout".