At impasse, Cosby jury goes back to work on verdict

Jurors in comedian Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges told the judge Thursday they are deadlocked and can't reach a verdict.

The note said: "We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts".

The jurors have come back six different times with questions since they began deliberating.Most of their questions have been to ask for significant portions of evidence and testimony to be read back to them, including parts of Constand's testimony.

McMonagle has made at least five mistrial motions based on the length of the jury deliberations, according to O'Neill, who until Friday afternoon had held all discussions with the attorneys out of public view. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. "If, after re-deliberation, you are still deadlocked, you should report that to me".

Cosby denies the allegations; he declined to testify in his own defense at trial.

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

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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.

Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case, weighing charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, drilled down Tuesday on what the TV star said happened inside his suburban Philadelphia home and how he characterized his relationship with the accuser.

Wyatt, during the press conference Thursday night, said this is the longest jury deliberation in Montgomery County to date.

With various civil trials against Cosby planned or underway, a battle for hearts and minds has been fought outside court. A hung jury is possible and if that happens, the case will be a mistrial. The judge has ordered jurors to return to deliberations and try - again - to reach a decision.

Constand accused the comedian of drugging her with three blue pills before proceeding to fondle her breasts, put his hands into her trousers, and place her hand onto his erect penis during a 2004 encounter, according to an affidavit.

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.

The case has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy reputation as "America's Dad".

Valentino said she was prepared for anything, even an acquittal.

Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, read the statement from longtime Temple University official Marguerite Jackson, who said Constand told her of a plan to falsely accuse a "high-profile person" of sexual assault so she could sue and get money. One slunk down in his seat, looking angry. "It's an old case, it's a controversial case, it's a case that involves questions of consent", said professor Laurie Levenson, of Loyola Law School.

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

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