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Cosby judge bristles at requests for mistrial

As jurors near their 50th hour of deliberations in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case, his supporters expressed frustration.The jury has deliberated for some 16 hours since they told the judge they were deadlocked early Thursday. As deliberations entered their 41st hour, Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle has made numerous such requests. Constand says Cosby gave her pills in 2004 and sexually assaulted her.A hung jury could represent a clear victory for Bill Cosby, allowing him to avoid what might have been years in prison for three counts of aggravated indecent assault.On Wednesday, it appeared the jury was deadlocked over whether to convict officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter and two other counts in the killing last year of 32-year old Castile. 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.”As long as this jury wants to deliberate, I will let them deliberate”, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill said on Friday, noting the “magnitude” of the case. Prosecutors and police detectives read aloud portions of Cosby’s statements to police in 2005 and in a civil deposition in 2006.In response, one of Cosby’s other accusers, Lili Bernard, stood in front of the television cameras and said, “One thing: rapists lie”.University of Pennsylvania law professor David Rudovsky, a criminal lawyer in Philadelphia, said Thursday that the jurors’ inability to agree on a verdict didn’t surprise him, given the nature of a case that boiled down to Cosby’s word against his accuser’s and the legal meaning of consent.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.According to Radar’s source inside the courtroom – where tensions were higher than ever – O’Neill addressed Cosby directly during his tirade Friday morning, explaining due process and insisting that the jury has the right to deliberate as long as they so chose. O’Neill told them to continue deliberations in the hopes of breaking their impasse.At a news conference on Thursday, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt urged O’Neill to end the case and send the jurors home.Question: Can we see the initial report to the Durham Police or what the court reporter recorded of that interview of Andrea Constand?During the trial, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and co-prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan alleged Cosby was a trusted friend and mentor who took advantage of a woman in a “vulnerable state”, plied Constand with “three blue pills” and sexually assaulted her at his Cheltenham mansion in mid-January 2004.In a previously sealed deposition from the 2005 case, America’s once favorite dad said that he was romantically interested in Constand from the first time he saw her, though he didn’t tell her that. After a lunch break, reviewed testimony from Ms Constand’s mother about phone conversations they had with Mr Cosby after the encounter. In the call, Gianna Constand said Cosby apologized and described himself as a “sick man”.As jurors broke for the night, he praised them for their “hard work, dedication, fidelity to your oath”.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.