Bubbles, drums and tears: Chaos outside court as Cosby jury deliberates

Posted June 28, 2017

A fourth day of jury deliberations in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial ended Thursday with no verdict yet reached.

Before the impasse, the sequestered jury of seven men and five women had paused deliberations six times to revisit testimony or ask for clarity on the phrasing of one of the charges.

Cosby has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with no minimum, and a $25,000 fine.

The woman at the center of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial that has a jury deadlocked tweeted a video from the courthouse suggesting she feels pretty confident.

With television cameras capturing every moment, Lili Bernard, who has accused Cosby of raping her while she was a guest star on his 1980s hit TV series "The Cosby Show", read a Bible passage aloud to Cosby defenders before tearfully hugging a friend. 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.

Judge O'Neill rejected a motion from Cosby's lawyers for a mistrial on Thursday morning.

The jury's impasse has raised the level of tension surrounding Cosby's trial.

His defense team appears to have successfully created reasonable doubt for at least one juror, enough reasonable doubt to deadlock the jury. In those interviews, Cosby admitted to sexual contact with Constand and said they had previously had a romantic encounter.

Cosby met Constand in late 2002 when he attended a basketball game at Temple University, his alma mater, in Philadelphia. Cosby then placed her on the couch and sexually assaulted her without her consent, she said. "I've seen it happen", he said.

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Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. "If you've reached a unanimous decision on some of the charges, please report that back to me", Judge Steven O'Neill said.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, used her testimony as well as the words of a second accuser, Kelly Johnson, to portray Cosby as a serial predator.

Cosby could face ten years in prison for each count if convicted.

There's also no rule on how many times the judge can send them back to deliberate again, so he may keep pushing them.

But they didn't come up with a verdict, leaving them exhausted and spent after a long day in the jury room.

The jury has asked questions specifically relating to Constand's original police report which contradicted her testimony Tuesday.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, told reporters that Jackson is "not telling the truth" and faulted Wyatt for circulating Jackson's statement while jurors were deliberating. She believes he gave her something stronger than Benadryl on the night she says he molested her.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Laura McCrystal, as news came out of the deadlocked Cosby jury, his accusers at the courthouse reacted by leaving in tears.