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At impasse, Bill Cosby jury tests patience of judge, defense

“I believe this jury is exhausted, is weary”, McMonagle said late Friday, as the jury wrapped up another marathon round of deliberations.Cosby, of Cheltenham, has been on trial in Norristown for 10 days, accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in January 2004 inside his Elkins Park home.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.”I just want to wish all the fathers a happy Father’s Day and thank the jurors for their long days and honest work”. Its latest request for a mistrial was Friday night.Yet the judge had his limits, putting his foot down Friday when jurors asked to hear a sliver of testimony they’d just had read back to them.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand at his home in 2004. They repeatedly asked a judge for a mistrial on Friday. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, right, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen, center, and Bill Cosby’s defense attorney Angela Agrusa enter the courtroom during jury deliberat.Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017.In its eighth request to hear old evidence, the panel asked to be read statements from Constand’s mother, Gianna Constand, about a phone call with Cosby as well as Andrea Constand’s testimony about phone records.The case was reopened in 2015 after a federal judge unsealed Cosby’s deposition testimony taken in a lawsuit brought against him by Constand.Cosby has said he gave Constand the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before their sexual encounter at his home two years later.Judge Steven O’Neill said Friday that he’ll let jurors work as long as they want as they try resolving a deadlock that threatened to end the case without a verdict.The 44-year-old Constand, spending about seven hours on the stand last week, testified the relationship was at no time romantic and said she never consented to any sexual contact with Cosby.”I have no ability to do anything other than what I’ve done in this case”, O’Neill told Cosby’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle.As they deliberated charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, Cosby tweeted thanks to his fans and supporters.Cosby says his sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.”When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand’s lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.”The real message behind all of this is that no matter how wealthy, no matter how famous, no matter how powerful you are, you are not above the law”, Valentino said.Quaaludes was a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S.in 1982.More than a dozen excerpts from Cosby’s deposition, including the “friends” comment and his acknowledgment that he’d gone “somewhere between permission and rejection” during a previous encounter with Constand. The judge had instructed the jury to keep deliberating after it reported Thursday it was deadlocked on the charges against the comedian.Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have returned for a fifth day of deliberations. O’Neill told them to continue deliberations in the hopes of breaking their impasse.On Twitter, Cosby himself praised his fans here and overseas and acknowledged spectators who showed up to the courthouse wearing T-shirts declaring their love for him.A new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury.The jury was handed the case Monday evening, and retired after four hours to the hotel that has been their home throughout the trial. The seven men and five women pulled from Allegheny County have logged 12-hour days Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.