Judge orders Cosby jury to keep deliberating


Bill Cosby, the comedian who was once known as America's family man and role model, is now awaiting the decision of the jury regarding his highly publicized rape case. "In keeping with the last instruction, you are deliberating under that instruction". Shortly after 9 pm, after 39 hours of deliberations over four days, he dismissed them for the evening and ordered them to return in the morning.

The jury seemed to be grappling with the basic framework of the case, sending several notes to the judge asking for large swaths of testimony to be read back to them. "But, in the end, we all find out together when the verdict is read". If the panel can't break its impasse, O'Neill could declare a hung jury and a mistrial.

The 12-person jury is made up of six white men, four white women, one black man and one black woman.

Cosby, of Cheltenham, has been on trial for nine days and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over a week of testimony, including Constand, but presented nearly no forensic evidence. Cosby did not testify.

His lawyer says Cosby and Andrea Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Legal experts said the trial fits the "he said, she said" arguments so common to sexual offense cases.

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Each jury deadlock announcement is met with a defense motion for a mistrial. It shows her shooting a mini-basketball into a hoop to the tune of "Sweet Georgia Brown", the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters. A conviction could put Cosby in prison for the rest of his life. "And I don't feel her say anything", Cosby said, describing his thought process as he touched Constand's genitals.

Shortly afterward she began feeling dizzy and said her legs were like "jelly", Mason said. He told them they had to rely on their collective memory. Shortly after, she became incapacitated and felt "frozen", she testified.

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She woke up on the couch early in the morning with her clothes disheveled, she said. "And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".

Cosby lowered and shook his head in the courtroom as she spoke.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Constand in 2004. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby. "I wasn't able to fight in any way".

Outside the courtroom, Jewel Allison, an aspiring actress and model and among roughly 60 women who've accused Cosby of drugging and raping them, sobbed at the news.

After the jury adjourned Tuesday night, he left the courthouse on his spokesman's arm, waving and giving a thumbs-up to well-wishers as he got in his SUV.

- Cosby's description of what he says happened on the night of the alleged assault. "It was a lot of confusion putting a lot of dates together". But Cosby's lawyers maintain Constand was a willing sexual partner, and say Constand told a "stone cold lie".

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine.

Cosby pleaded not guilty and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing.

According to Mason, Constand said she had gone to Cosby's house after dinner in mid-January 2004.

Constand reported the incident to police in 2005, a year after the alleged incident. The district attorney's office declined to comment. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006. "That takes time. They are looking at the facts and evidence regarding 'consent.' and they were reviewing the deposition section regarding the manner in which the defendant Cosby used drugs to deal with women".