Cosby calls for mistrial as jury remains deadlocked


They have been deliberating for almost 40 hours since Monday. This being said, the judge has ordered that the jury continues to deliberate to attempt at working towards a proper verdict for this criminal trial. A hung jury is possible and if that happens, the case will be a mistrial.

The notification of a deadlock came at 11:06 a.m. via a note from the jury foreperson."We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts", the note read.O'Neill gave the jurors instruction regarding their responsibilities and sent them back to deliberate about 11:30 a.m.Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham home in 2004. After the declaration of a mistrial, prosecutors may choose to retry the case with a different set of jurors, or they may cut their losses.

Before the impasse, the sequestered jury of seven men and five women had paused deliberations six times to revisit testimony or ask for clarity on the phrasing of one of the charges.

Cosby's spokesperson told reporters outside the courtroom that "this deadlock shows the "Not Guilty" that Mr. Cosby has been saying the whole time".

As they deliberated charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, Cosby tweeted thanks to his fans and supporters.

The jury's first question pertained to Cosby's admission that he gave Constand three blue pills.

Jurors considering the fate of Bill Cosby at his sexual assault trial asked for a definition of "reasonable doubt" on their fifth day of deliberations Friday, a day after telling the judge they were deadlocked on all charges.

The sequestered jurors have appeared increasingly exhausted and upset after deliberating late into the night the past three days.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts, but they could be merged for sentencing purposes.

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While exasperating, the jury's deadlock and nail-biting, four-day deliberations in Bill Cosby's trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault offered a glimmer of hope that socially, we may be moving the needle on sexual assault. One other accuser, Kelly Johnson, testified during the trial as prosecutors sought to establish that Cosby had a pattern of assault.

"I'm very concerned that it's going to (remain) deadlocked", Valentino said.

Earlier on Friday, the jurors reviewed portions of the sworn depositions Cosby gave during Constand's civil lawsuit in 2005 and 2006, when he described the night in question. "I think there is somebody, perhaps, who just doesn't want to see this celebrity go down".

Constand reported the incident to police in 2005, a year after the alleged incident.

Bradford Cohen, a Florida criminal defense attorney, said lengthy deliberations are common during highly technical cases with numerous counts and defendants as well as copious amounts of evidence.

This news organization does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.

The case has already helped demolish his nice-guy reputation as America's Dad.