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Bill Cosby jury deadlocked; will state retry him?

Bill Cosby, accompanied by Joe Torry, Lewis Dix, and Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, arrives for the fourth day of his trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania 6/8/17 ( Photo source: Twitter – @BillCosby)

After deliberations that have lasted a little over four days, jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have told the judge they are deadlocked on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault.  The

The jury has deliberated at least 28 hours including a 12-hour stretch yesterday that ended at 9:20 p.m. Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill was sympathetic to the work of the jurors but told them to continue to work on reaching a unanimous decision. “While you should not hesitate to re-examine your own views or change your opinion if your opinion is erroneous, do not feel compelled to surrender your honest belief. If after further deliberations, you are still deadlocked on some or all the charges, you should report that to me,” Judge O’Neill said

Upon the jury’s announcement that they were deadlocked, Cosby’s defense team requested a mistrial. The request was denied by Judge O’Neill who informed both the prosecution and the defense that he was not going to put a time limit on deliberations. “It’s simply inappropriate at this time … no matter how long it has been,” the judge said.

Throughout the four days of deliberations the jury has requested key pieces of evidence that included Cosby’s damning 2005 deposition under oath as well as legal definitions in certain parts of the testimony. The possibility of a deadlocked jury would be a bittersweet victory for Bill Cosby. If a mistrial is declared, Montgomery County prosecutors must make a decision as to whether or not to retry the case. Considering Cosby’s age, physical health and the cost to taxpayers, it would be a difficult and expensive proposition.

1 Comment

  1. Oak510finest on June 15, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Of course its deadlock. He is not quilty of these racist made up allegations. This is a money grab. They will surely file a civil suit, once the criminsl case has concluded.