At impasse, Cosby jury goes back to work on verdict


Jurors asked eight questions during their deliberations, largely to rehear testimony.

On Friday, as jurors asked the judge to define "reasonable doubt" and attempted to bring an end to the deadlock on the three counts they were asked to consider, Cosby sent out a few tweets with photos of people holding signs up in support.

"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. Cosby had made the deposition as part of a lawsuit filed by Constand that was later settled for an undisclosed sum.

About a dozen excerpts from Cosby's deposition testimony in which he talks about obtaining quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.

On Thursday June 15, 2017 jurors in the controversial Bill Cosby trial announced that they had reached a deadlock after three days (totaling approximately 31 hours) of deliberation.

"In a case of. this magnitude, the longest this jury wants [and] continues to deliberate I will allow them", Judge O'Neill said.

As for Constand, he said: "I don't hear her say anything". Mustafa Majeed, a self-proclaimed activist who said he's known Cosby for 35 years, accused Judge Steven T. O'Neill of working with the prosecution. Cosby could face five to ten years in prison for each of the three counts against him. Cosby testified 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.

Most of the women refused to pursue charges because of Cosby's reputation and stature. "And I don't feel her say anything", Cosby said, describing his thought process as he touched Constand's genitals. The focus was twofold: to discuss the possibility of mistrial and to review the entertainer's statements about furnishing quaaludes to women.

But he said he no longer had the sedative - 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.

Cosby has said he gave Constand the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before their sexual encounter at his home in 2004.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial deliberated for a fifth day Friday.

Jurors started the day asking a seventh question just 30 minutes into deliberation.

Speaking directly to Cosby, the judge put the 79-year-old comedian under oath and asked if he supported a mistrial motion. Defense attorneys have repeatedly asked for Judge O'Neill to declare a mistrial based on the jury's length of deliberations, but the judge has denied their request. "I don't hear her say anything". Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", escorted Cosby into court on the first day of the trial.

"We're into the 40th hour, and we can only imagine the emotional and physical toll this is taking on the jurors", Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt told reporters outside the Montgomery County Courthouse prior to the jury being dismissed for the night.