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Cosby Jurors End Dramatic Day 4 of Deliberations With No Verdict

The deadlocked jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial was instructed to return to the Montgomery County Courts Complex in Norristown, Penn. on Friday and resume deliberations.Cosby is charged with committing aggressive indecent sexual assault and related offenses against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham Township home in 2004.The jury reported to Judge Steven O’Neill that after more than 30 hours of deliberations, they could not reach a unanimous verdict regarding whether or not Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand.Lawyers for Bill Cosby demanded that a judge declare a mistrial in the entertainer’s sexual assault case on Friday, complaining that jurors were essentially rehearing the entire week of trial testimony as their deliberations passed the 45-hour mark.O’Neill told jurors Thursday night, “I am proud of each and every one of you … this is hard work you are doing”.O’Neill gave jurors no deadline.”You’re exhausted”, the judge told the jurors, who have deliberated for a total of 40 hours over four days.”He is just happy to know he has 12 people of his peers who understand that the facts of this case don’t add up, the inconsistencies with Ms. [Andrea] Constand’s statements”, Wyatt said soon after.The couple and their 14-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter chatted with Cosby on Thursday in a room where he has been spending time while awaiting the jury’s verdict.As tensions rose, one of Cosby’s accusers Lili Bernard, burst into tears after getting into an argument with one member of the group.On hearing of the jury’s note, his lawyers moved for a mistrial. Cosby was once an A-list celebrity who starred in T.V. Shows, made movies and was a top rated comic.A judge blocked Jackson from taking the stand, ruling it would be hearsay.”I’m very frustrated. Extraordinarily frustrated”, said Victoria Valentino, 74, anxiously waiting for updates in the corridors. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.A number of pro-Cosby supporters turned out with colourful signs.During his comings and goings from the courthouse, the former TV star flashed a smile and exchanged pleasantries with representatives.The panel of seven men and five women worked late for the third night in a row, asking for testimony about a detective’s interview with Cosby in early 2005, about a year after Constand says the comedian assaulted her.Authorities declined to charge Cosby when she first came forward in 2005, but a new district attorney reopened the case in 2015 after Cosby’s deposition was unsealed at the request of The Associated Press.Cosby’s spokesperson told reporters outside the courtroom that “this deadlock shows the “Not Guilty” that Mr. Cosby has been saying the whole time”. But there is no mandatory minimum, meaning that the judge overseeing the case could also allow him to walk free.O’Neill, the Montgomery County (Pa.) judge overseeing the case, read a set of standard charging instructions nudging the jury to keep working.