Judge orders deadlocked Cosby jury to keep deliberating

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After four days of deliberating, jurors in Bill Cosby's trial said they are deadlocked and can not come to a unanimous decision on any of the three charges against the comedian.

The seven men and five women sent out a note at 11:06 a.m., declaring "We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts". In most cases, the judge will simply tell the jury to keep deliberating and review the others' points of view.

"I believe this jury is exhausted, is weary", McMonagle said late Friday, as the jury wrapped up another marathon round of deliberations.

The judge said he saw no evidence of coercion or trouble in the deliberating room after the jurors reported their impasse on Thursday and he instructed them to keep trying for a verdict. "If, after re-deliberation, you are still deadlocked, you should report that to me".

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The defense asked for a mistrial, but O'Neill denied the request.

Bernard says Cosby threatened her and her boyfriend at the time by saying he would sue them and ruin her career if she came forward with her allegations.

Cosby, 79, has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts, but they could be merged for sentencing purposes.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. Her mother, Gianna Constand, pulled a cloth from her pocket to wipe away tears Wednesday as she listened to the testimony.

Prosecutors say Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is deadlocked.

The 12-person jury began deliberations Monday evening following six days of testimony in Norristown, Penn., just outside Philadelphia.

Cosby's lawyers maintain Constand was a willing sexual partner. If the panel can't break its impasse, O'Neill could declare a hung jury and a mistrial. However, after 30 hours of deliberations, jurors said in a statement to the court that they were unable to agree on a verdict.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele disagreed, telling reporters, "It's a terrific jury made up of people from all demographics".

Cosby used his power and fame to violate Constand, an employee of Temple University's basketball program, prosecutors argued during the trial. "We have said from the very beginning that this case is unprecedented".

The case has already helped demolish his image as America's Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and '90s.

After three days and 28 hours of debate, the group had asked to revisit almost every critical piece of evidence from the trial that began almost two weeks ago - ranging from Cosby's 2005 deposition and police statement, in which he denied drugging and molesting the case's central accuser, Andrea Constand, to Constand's own recollections of the 2004 night she said he attacked her.

He did not take the stand in his sexual assault trial.

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