Bill Cosby trial: Jury tests patience of judge as deliberations continue


On Thursday jurors said they were having trouble reaching an unanimous verdict on any of the three charges facing the 79-year-old entertainer. By the end of Friday, the jurors had spent almost 50 hours deliberating the case.

The jury seemed exasperated at times over the course of the week as it repeatedly asked the judge for clarifications of evidence or to hear testimony from the trial again.

A trial attorney said that the jury's long deliberation time and request to clarify the concept of "reasonable doubt" in Bill Cosby's trial could possibly result in a mistrial.

"I wanted her to be comfortable enough to relax, I wanted her to be comfortable so she could sleep after our necking session", Cosby said of his intentions in giving Constand the alleged Benadryl. He says they were lovers and the encounter was consensual.

Mr 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.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby thanked his fans and supporters on Friday as a jury deliberated sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, tweeting shortly after the panel asked to review his testimony about giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with.

Count 2 alleges she was unconscious or semi-conscious at the time and could not give consent.

"They're conflicted about the inconsistencies in Ms. Constand's testimony", he told reporters on Thursday.

Requiring a unanimous verdict can serve as check against a wrongful conviction, Cunningham adds, and properly holds the state to its burden of proving the accused guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

O'Neill told the jurors Thursday to continue discussing the charges in the jury room after the panel told him they could not agree on Cosby's guilt. It's also likely that Cosby's defense team will have something more to say about the potential for a mistrial.

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Jurors asked earlier in the week for clarity around the language of count three, which pertains to whether Cosby administered "drugs, intoxicants or other means for the objective of preventing resistance" without Constand's knowledge.

The case was reopened in 2015 after a federal judge unsealed Cosby's deposition testimony taken in a lawsuit brought against him by Constand. Johnson testified that she was drugged and assaulted by Cosby in 1996. "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".

Constand's complaint is the only one that has come to trial.

"I'm not calling this a win".

As for why he called the pills "friends", Cosby said: "Because they might help take some of the stress and tension away".

The portion of her mother's testimony where she talks about a 2½-hour phone conversation with Cosby, about a year after the sexual encounter.

Constand, meanwhile, appeared as the prosecution's key witness, telling jurors that Cosby gave her three pills he suggested were herbal, before taking advantage of her disorientation to sexually assault her.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Constand, who was an employee at Temple University, said the majority of those calls to Cosby, a powerful Temple trustee, were made as part of her job responsibilities.