On Tuesday, the jury in Cosby's trial was unable to reach a verdict after a second day of deliberations.
Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, and has claimed that in 2004, he and Constand had a consensual sexual encounter. On Tuesday night, the jurors said they were "exhausted" and O'Neill allowed them to return to their hotels at 9:15 pm after 12 hours of deliberations - a mere 15 minutes earlier than he said he had planned to keep them. The question marked the sixth time the jury asked a question to the judge. The jurors asked to re-hear the testimony of a police detective who interviewed Cosby in 2005.
The Rev. Andrew F. Kline, a vicar of a historic black church in Norristown who stopped by the courthouse steps Wednesday to check out the scene, said his congregation is "absolutely" talking about the case given Cosby's place in their lives.
Cosby has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee.
The maximum penalty for each charge is 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele closed the prosecution's case Monday by describing Cosby - who turns 80 next month - as a calculating sexual predator, while Brian McMonagle, one of Cosby's lawyers, highlighted Constand's inconsistencies and those of Kelly Johnson, the other accuser who testified last week on Constand's behalf. Prosecutors have suggested he might have given her quaaludes, a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S.in 1982.
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.
She maintained that the outcome is in the hands of the jury. "I'll be disappointed, however, it won't change the love", the actress relayed.
Cosby's lawyer Brian J. McMonagle argued his case by saying that Cosby was indeed unfaithful to his wife and frequently slept with multiple women, according to The New York Times, but that such actions alone did not constitute a crime. Bill Cosby let out a huge yawn. He said she didn't show any ill effects from the medicine, nor did she object as he groped her.
Over 50 women have come forward with decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct against Cosby in recent years, but the actor's representatives have always insisted he is innocent. It never happened, but the suggestion was enough to dominate the headlines just as prosecutors were closing their case with Cosby's damaging deposition testimony. "They may send out notice to the judge that they are deadlocked and can not reach a decision on one, some or all of the charges", said Fitzpatrick.