Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial requested the judge define reasonable doubt as they sought to break a deliberations deadlock that stretched into its fifth day Friday morning. She got the show tickets because her family loved Cosby, and she hadn't yet told them about the alleged assault.
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.
The judge denied the request, saying, "This was just read to you".
O'Neill also reminded Cosby that if a mistrial is declared, the shamed comedian can still be retried on the same charges.
In one passage re-read for jurors, Constand's lawyer asked Cosby if he recalled giving Quaaludes to Therese Serignese after meeting her in Las Vegas in 1976.
"I wanted her to be comfortable enough to relax, I wanted her to be comfortable so she could sleep after our necking session", Cosby said of his intentions in giving Constand the alleged Benadryl.
The TV star said in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s after telling his doctor he had a sore back.
After a short delay, the jury assembled in the courtroom with a question centered on Cosby's admitted use of quaaludes with women. Answer: No. Question: Did you know at that time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs?
Sitting just a few steps away, Cosby accuser Victoria Valentino also pushed back tears. "If they don't have a verdict by now, we'd hope the judge would relieve them". "If she insists, that could hold some weight", he said.
By 9 p.m. Friday, the jury had deliberated 52 hours over five days.
Dozens of women have come forward to say he drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges. "It is a phenomenon that occurs across the country".
They've deliberated almost 40 hours since getting the case.
The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. During that "aggressive conversation", Gianna Constand testified, Cosby discussed in graphic detail the physical contact he had with Andrea, apologized and claimed he felt "perverted". It's been more than four years since comedian Hannibal Buress' bit about Cosby brought the allegations to mainstream attention in a way that (finally) couldn't be ignored. If convicted, Cosby could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on each count.
Requiring a unanimous verdict can serve as check against a wrongful conviction, Cunningham adds, and properly holds the state to its burden of proving the accused guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Alternatively, the case could end in a mistrial if the jury cannot reach a conclusion on any of the charges. The district attorney's office declined to comment. At one point during the trial, McMonagle stood beside Cosby and suggested to jurors that while Cosby may have been an unfaithful husband, that didn't make him a criminal.
With these two high profile cases seemingly teetering on the brink of hung juries this week, you might think it happens quite often.style="text-align: center;"