Bill Cosby Jury Deadlocked, Judge Orders to Keep Deliberating

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The jury in the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby informed the judge Thursday morning that it is deadlocked on all three charges against the legendary entertainer, but the judge sent them back to the deliberating room to try again.

“We cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the charges,” the jury foreperson wrote in a note to Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill.

Cosby, 79, stood and watched closely as the predominantly white jury of seven men and five women filed into the courtroom, most appearing weary and glum. The jury has been deliberating for about 30 hours and is now in its fourth day of deliberations.

The judge denied a defense request for a mistrial. “It’s simply inappropriate at this time,” said O’Neill.

The judge responded to the grim word from the jury by reminding members of the panel that it is their duty to try to reach a decision, even on some of the charges. “If after further deliberations you are still deadlocked on some or all of the charges, you should report that to me,” the judge told jurors.

The jury, selected last month in Pittsburgh and sequestered here for the duration of the trial, is considering three aggravated indecent assault charges. If convicted of all three charges, Cosby could be sentenced to up to 10 years on each count.

While a hung jury would trigger the possibility of a retrial, it would be a far better outcome for Cosby than any finding of guilt.

Cosby, 79, left the courtroom as usual – on the arm of his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, and went back to a room at the courthouse where he has been waiting during the deliberation process.

Wyatt said that Cosby is weary but still optimistic about the outcome. “He’s holding up pretty well,” said Wyatt. He said that Cosby, who has been huddled in a room near the courtroom with his defense lawyers and publicists, has been talking about his years in the entertainment industry.

“He’s telling old Hollywood stories,” said Wyatt. He said he was talking about the old days with friends Sammy Davis Jr., Redd Foxx and others and wondering “what they would be saying if they were here today.”

Cosby is accused of molesting Andrea Constand, then manager of operations for the womens’ basketball team at Temple University, where the entertainer was a major booster and member of the board of trustees. Cosby has pleaded not guilty and maintains that his relationship with Constand was romantic and consensual.

The incident took place when Constand visited Cosby’s home outside of Philadelphia, in Elkins Park, Montgomery County, in early 2004. And there were many similarities between what Cosby and Constand contend happened that night, but one key difference: Cosby has always maintained it was consensual while Constand insisted it was not.

Since jurors began considering the case Monday evening, they have appeared closely focused on what the iconic comedian has said about that night in January 2004 – and on what Constand told police and said in her testimony.

While there appeared to be informal indications of a struggle for consensus, the jury did not indicate a deadlock until the note this morning, and it is unclear how long O’Neill would want deliberations to continue before declaring a mistrial. He reminded them that even if they couldn’t reach a decision on all the charges, they could reach a partial verdict.

So for now, the wait continues.

Constand is among dozens of women who have accused Cosby of drugging and molesting them but her allegation is the only one to prompt criminal charges, which were filed in December 2015 shortly before the statute of limitation was due to expire.

Gloria Allred, a well-known women’s rights lawyer who represents some of the women who have accused Cosby of molesting them, said she’s still hoping for a verdict. “A verdict is still possible,” she said in a brief interview. “I have no idea if it’s probable – but it’s still possible.”

The trial has drawn about six other alleged victims, who have been camped out at the courthouse in a bid of support of Constand.

Constand, 44, now a massage therapist in Canada, testified last week that she met Cosby at a Temple game and that he became a friend a mentor. She said she went to his home that night to talk to him about her plan to leave Temple and embark on a new career path, and had told him she was tired and stressed.

She said that Cosby brought her three blue pills, saying they would help her relax and assuring her they were safe. Reluctantly, she said, she took the pills because she trusted him, but soon, felt woozy and had blurry vision. She testified the entertainer led her to a couch and she quickly became incapacitated and felt paralyzed as Cosby groped her breasts, inserted his finger in her and put her hand on his penis.

“I was frozen,” she told the jury.

Cosby, in a 2005 deposition, portrayed that night as a romantic event and said it was only Benadryl he had given her to help her relax. Cosby had given the deposition as part of a lawsuit filed by Constand that was later settled for an undisclosed sum. His testimony was sealed for years until parts of it were released by a federal judge in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press.

During the trial, Cosby, who has been described as legally blind, has been supported by longtime friends and a few actors, including Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played Cosby’s TV daughter, Rudy, on The Cosby Show. The show remained popular in reruns long after the TV series ended in 1992 – but the show was pulled as the accusations of sexual assault delivered a major blow to his once-beloved reputation.

The entertainer has said he planned a comeback if cleared of the charges.

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  1. Gee Arce says:

    I can’t believe what bullshite that 21st century stupid Americans will buy from the lying ass LEFTIST MEDIA.
    Most Americans today KNOW NOTHING and DON’T WANT TO KNOW. Back in Hollywood’s Hey-Days, there was a ‘thing’ called the “casting couch” where skanks would try to screw their way to stardom. And all that most of then got was just LAID.
    Scenario: Bill Cosby publicly tells the black community, basically: get off their asses, stop playing the victim and get a life. He did that twice in the past ten years and it goes against the LEFT’s victimology plan so they nail him by digging up women who tried his “couch” and failed to get anywhere, so now Get Even!.
    And they’ll go to NO end to crucify him with taxpayers money.
    Hey people, stop being stupid fools if you can.
    “You can’t fix stupid,” John Wayne.
    “Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.”” Mark Twain

  2. Burro b says:

    I bet blacks not guilty as revenge for OJ.

    Whites guilty.

  3. Sam says:

    The woman accusing him should be convicted of slander and defamation,
    perjury. She already settled 15 yrs ago.
    And. in exchange for agreeing to not talk about the settlement.
    Cosby could take this to a federal court
    his rights have been violated.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      I doubt his rights were violated. Even if they were, it’d nothing compared to what he did to others.

    • Toni says:

      Tmz has turned the entire main stream media publication industry/ news industry into a big GOSSIP column.
      Every story is not substantiated with
      ANY facts. Rather is repeating ANYTHING ANYBODY SAYS.
      The Russians????? the entire country is laughing at these fools and their waste of taxpayers money.
      Cosby???
      He’s 80 !!!!!!
      He had women so what!!!!!!’
      more like they had him !!!’!!!!

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        We should all have him…. Held for the rest of his life behind bars, & have all his concert recordings, tickets, & DVDs burned with him paying the former owners the money they wasted on the garbage created by that piece of garbage!

  4. tjchurch2001 says:

    The jury is only being as honest as Cosby himself: They all know he is guilty, but don’t believe the maximum sentence is as long as he deserves. (I say keep call9ng mistrials until the man is gone.)

    Also, personally, I have to say I have tried watching the old show on TV stations recently (it IS airing again), & find it difficult, especially (for instance) when he rejects his TV wife’s offer to spend time with her, & says he is going up to bed due to fatigue from delivering babies all day at the end of the episode featuring Stevie Wonder. (I find myself wondering if such references are truly times he goes to a hidden bed near the set of his eponymous shows for not-family-show-appropriate times with later-recounting victims.)

  5. Bill says:

    This is a “predominantly white jury” is it? According to CBS This Morning there are 2 black jurors out of 12. That is 16.7% of the jury. Currently in the U.S. about 12.6% of the population is black.

  6. Cecil B da Mill says:

    Why am I feeling I’m watching the OJ trial all over again?

  7. Frank says:

    Gloria must lose her law license.
    She does not abide by the rules and pledge of licensing laws.
    add Bloom to that.
    The judge and DA must also be barred from further practice.
    These people are scamming the public for their own benefit.

    • Sam says:

      How about not taking he said /she said cases.
      And not allow publishing slanderous defaming accusations.
      What fun would that be.

      • Morgan Farantino 860 says:

        Frank icam. yep.i agree.

        DISGUSTING the prosecutor who is now making a um “name”for his trifflent self, in PA., ugh. smh
        You are 100000% right frank,each word in your post tonight. Just say,”Not guilty.”Get it over with.Men, father’s, and others are falsely accused way too much,same as this case,. and it is not right, rich middle class or poor.Not right. What convinced me ANDREA LIAR CONSTAND is a liar is the premise of how a defense lawyer,the blond woman,forgetting her name, showed exhibit after exhibit demonstrative of her calling BILL, her ummm rapist?Yea that did it for me. NOT GUILTY. .

        No one ever would call the man who raped her, not one call but dozens “after”she was ummm “sexually assaulted.”Sure he had Quaaludes, drugs party lifestyle being a’celeb.”Not all,but some do it.
        But, a man using a drug,or alcohol is not sexual assault. This chick also took MUCH $settlement cash.”
        Yet, she is wanting us to sit here and believe her. I do not and i am a italian-american woman..I do not believe her.

        She is a liar andrea,and glad BILL COSBY will be found not guilty. Period. HUNG JURY MISTRIAL and what a waste of cash for PA., tax payers who had to sit around and watch this farce of a trial.

  8. scoshrad says:

    What’s most significant about the “Cosby’s a Serial Rapist!” scenario is that it’s the first time the media’s looked directly to social media for cues on how to play a story. The public doesn’t even know why Cosby’s in the courtroom, except that a media campaign put him there. When asked why he made the decision to go forward with a trial with zero legal basis for doing so, the judge said, “I don’t have to give my reasons.” No media comment on that.

    Do Cosby’s accusers want to ensure that, if your child is sexually assaulted, he or she will take the vital, necessary steps to ensure justice? No, because that education won’t put a dime in their pockets, or further the media’s agenda, which is to sell us stories, nothing more. The first “I have a story ONLY” accuser who pushes the message, “DON’T LET YOURSELF WIND UP IN MY SHOES” will have my respect. But Cosby’s accusers care nothing about Sexual Assault Prevention, nor does the media that pampers them for profit, and nor does the fame-mad attorney whose headline-grabbing demand that Cosby put up $100,000,000 for his “victims” played no part (we’re to believe) in prompting the slew of stories that followed, without a single instance of fact-checking. This doesn’t even rate as journalism.

    We’re to believe that Cosby had more power than Dracula over not only his “victims”, but over literally everyone in his midst, for over four decades. That’s entertainment, for some people. But your kids are getting sexually assaulted, and not grasping the Vital Importance of Using the Tools at Their Disposal to Obtain Justice (Police Reports, Rape Kits: things that hold weight in the courtroom – IF the victim decides to press charges) only because you love your daily dirt, and the media will stoop to any level to please you.

    (Not looking at replies. Thanks for reading my post.)

  9. krumhorn says:

    Wanna see my surprised face?

  10. God will deliberate against those that deliberate against Bill Cosby. Don’t despise prophesying.

  11. The judge responded to the grim word from the jury by reminding members of the panel that it is their duty to try to reach a decision, even on some of the charges. “If after further deliberations you are still deadlocked on some or all of the charges, you should report that to me,” the judge told jurors.

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