At impasse, Expense Cosby jury tests persistence of judge, defense

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Matt Slocum/ AP Costs Cosby comes to the Montgomery County Courthouse throughout his sexual attack trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

Friday, June 16, 2017|9:28 p.m.

NORRISTOWN, Pa.– The jury in Expense Cosby’s sexual assault case ended a fifth day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict, testing the persistence of defense lawyers and even the judge as it struggled to break a deadlock by making duplicated runs through testimony provided by the TV star, his accuser and others.

With deliberations passing the 50-hour mark, longer than the testimony of all the witnesses combined, the 79-year-old TELEVISION star’s legal representative complained that jurors were seeking a replay of the whole trial. Legal representative Brian McMonagle also stressed that some jurors may compromise “their views and their values” for the sake of reaching a consentaneous choice.

“I believe this jury is exhausted, is tired,” McMonagle said late Friday, as the jury concluded another marathon round of deliberations. “I believe they are being forced to come back with a decision.”

Even as his lawyer demanded a mistrial, Cosby himself thanked jurors for “their long days” and “their truthful work, separately.”

Judge Steven O’Neill pressed back on duplicated defense demands to send the panel house without a decision, stating that jurors could talk as long as they wanted over accusations that Cosby drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. The judge had actually instructed the jury to keep deliberating after it reported Thursday it was deadlocked on the charges versus the comedian.

“It’s extremely essential to these jurors,” the judge stated. “I’m sorry it’s triggering everybody frustration, but the law needs that I permit a pondering jury to continue to deliberate.”

As jurors broke for the night, he praised them for their “effort, devotion, fidelity to your oath.”

Yet the judge had his limits, putting his foot down Friday when jurors asked to hear a sliver of statement they ‘d just had read back to them. He informed them they needed to depend on their collective memory.

The jurors will return to work Saturday early morning.

As they pondered charges that might send him to prison for the rest of his life, Cosby tweeted thanks to his fans and supporters. The performer, once referred to as America’s Dad, used Dad’s Day greetings to well-wishers outside the court house after court adjourned.

“I just wish to want all the daddies a delighted Father’s Day,” Cosby said. “And I wish to thank the jury for their long days. Their truthful work, individually. I likewise wish to thank the advocates who have actually been here. And, please, to the supporters, remain calm. Do not argue with people. Just maintain the excellent assistance. Thank you.”

The case has actually assisted demolish Cosby’s nice-guy image, cultivated throughout his eight-year run as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated “The Cosby Program” in the 1980s and ’90s.

Lots of females have stepped forward to state he drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to lead to criminal charges.

On Friday, the jury asked to examine numerous pieces of evidence, consisting of Cosby’s 2006 deposition testimony about quaaludes, a now-banned party drug.

Cosby, who provided the deposition as part of Constand’s lawsuit versus him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the purpose of giving them to females with whom he wanted to have sex.

The statement matters due to the fact that Cosby is accuseded of providing pills to Constand, a previous Temple University worker, to paralyze her before their sexual encounter. He has said it was Benadryl, a cold and allergic reaction medication. District attorneys have actually suggested he offered her something stronger, potentially quaaludes.

The jurors likewise paid attention to the meaning of sensible doubt, the limit that district attorneys need to cross to win a conviction, and examined testimony from Constand and her mom about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the encounter. Inning accordance with the testimony, Cosby called himself a “sick man” but refused to determine the tablets he provided to Constand.

The defense has actually stated Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual minute of intimacy.

McMonagle objected in court to the panel’s repeated demands to review statement, stating it suggested some jurors were trying to push other jurors in an effort to bring an end to the deadlock.

The judge stated he saw no proof of coercion or problem in the pondering room after the jurors reported their impasse on Thursday and he instructed them to keep pursuing a decision.

“There’s a misperception that there’s a time frame,” he stated.

The panel got the case on Monday. It needs to concern an unanimous decision to convict or acquit.

If the panel cannot break the deadlock, the judge could state a hung jury and a mistrial. Because case, district attorneys would get four months to choose whether they wish to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

The Associated Press does not usually identify people who state they are victims of sexual attack unless they grant approval, which Constand has actually done.

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