Cosby jury deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberation

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown Pa. Wednesday

For months the country has listened to account after account of women who have accused famed comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

But the 12-member jury informed the court after almost 30 hours of deliberations that they were still unable to reach a unanimous decision.

Heading into Friday's round of talks, the jury had deliberated for almost 40 hours since getting the case Monday.

The judge sent them back to the jury room to keep talking and denied a defense motion for a mistrial.

If the Judge's so-called dynamite charge doesn't unlock the hold-out (s), then in what will essentially be a stay for Cosby and a blow to the prosecution, this could mean that this case is going to start up all over again but with a new jury.

Early Thursday, the panel told the court they were deadlocked on each of the three counts against Cosby, but Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill urged them to continue deliberations.

The jury, bused in from the Pittsburgh area, has paused a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled Constand after giving her pills.

They seemed to chafe at the long hours imposed by O'Neill, who wanted them to work 12 1/2-hour days until 9:30 at night.

Gomez said, "The longer a jury takes to reach a decision, the more there is the possibility that they will be a hung jury, or that they will compromise to come to their verdict".

Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said in 2006 he never took quaaludes himself, preferring to keep them on hand for social situations.

In addition, Constand initially told police that she had not been alone with Cosby prior to the alleged assault and that they had little contact after.

The star of the 1980s TV hit family comedy "The Cosby Show" faces similar allegations from dozens of women, though only Constand's led to criminal charges.

The meaning of the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the three counts against him.

Sequestered for almost two full weeks, the jury from Allegheny County has been in deliberation since Monday evening.

Art Patterson, a veteran jury consultant and social psychologist with the New York-based trial consulting firm DecisionQuest, told Fox29 that, "it's rare that juries go for more than a couple days". On Wednesday, the jury reviewed Andrea Constand's testimony about the night that the attack happened, and also requested the testimony from police about Cosby's 2005 interview to be read-back. Cosby's publicist came outside and declared the deadlock a "victory", while others cautioned that the outcome of the trial is still far from clear.

Accuser Andrea Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her.

Cosby's lawyers maintain Constand was a willing sexual partner. "We have said from the very beginning that this case is unprecedented".

In that case, Cosby would not be found guilty, nor would he be acquitted.

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

"I will not set any specific time for continuation of deliberations", he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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