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Bill Cosby Jury Deadlocked In Rape Trial, Judge Says “Try Again”

Referring to the “emotional and physical toll” of the trial on Cosby, Wyatt said the judge should declare a mistrial since the jury has already exceeded Montgomery County record for deliberations.Wyatt had said the deadlock showed that jurors doubted Constand’s story. He did not testify during the trial, but Constand did, speaking publicly about the alleged incident for the first time as she stepped up to the witness stand last week (ends09Jun17).”I was really nervous and wasn’t able to recall every particular moment that I had seen Mr. Cosby in order of dates”, she explained.He has said he gave Benadryl to Constand, 44, before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter. The district attorney’s office declined to comment.The panel deliberated about 30 hours over four days before telling Judge Steven O’Neill they couldn’t reach a verdict on any of the three counts against the 79-year-old comedian.Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have returned for a fifth day of deliberations.”We can only hope the judge- if they don’t have a verdict right now- will release them, and say this is a deadlock”.Asking loudly “Why are we here?!” several times, McMonagle told the jury that this case should have never been brought because what happened between them happened between two consenting adults.O’Neill told the defense that until the jury says it is still deadlocked, there was little he could do but provide them with any evidence they request.Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial. 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.After almost two weeks of testimony, the 12 original members of the jury remained – no alternates were needed.A group comprised of some of the other women claiming they were sexually assaulted by Cosby has also been in attendance, as were numerous lawyers representing them in civil suits.”I’m very frustrated. Extraordinarily frustrated”, said Victoria Valentino, 74, anxiously waiting for updates in the corridors.The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.As reporters streamed out of the courtroom, poet and author Jewel Allison – one of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of assaulting them – burst into tears.While there have been no clear indications on the progress of the deliberations, the jurors did ask to relisten to Constand’s testimony, in which she describes being given the pills, and asked for clarifications on the legal meaning of “without her knowledge” by Wednesday afternoon.They will get back to it Friday morning.Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term.Bernard, an actress who appeared on the Cosby Show, said she was drugged and assaulted by the comedian in the 1990s.But it wouldn’t have if Judge O’Neill had allowed the testimony of Marguerite Jackson, a student adviser at Temple who traveled with the school’s women’s basketball team while Constand was its director of basketball operations.The jury also revisited Cosby’s description of the night from sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 during a civil lawsuit by Constand and a police interview he conducted in 2005.