Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have returned for a fifth day of deliberations.
They’ve deliberated over 40 hours since getting the case. The panel reported an impasse Thursday but was told by the judge to keep deliberating in hopes of reaching a verdict.
On Friday morning, jurors came back with more questions. They wanted to know what is “reasonable doubt.” They also asked to rehear Cosby’s 2005 deposition.
They jury had another question Friday afternoon, asking to hear testimony from accuser Andrea Constand and her mother.
So far, jurors have asked eight questions during their deliberations. Two questions pertained to a review of parts of Cosby’s account to authorities, and two were requests to rehear Constand’s account and testimony. Jurors also asked the court to define the phrase “without her knowledge” in one of the charges and asked to rehear testimony from the Cheltenham police detective who interviewed Cosby.
Judge Steven O’Neill also explained to Cosby the exact meaning of “mistrial” after concerns about his publicist’s comments on the case, referring to it as a “win” and “victory.”
Later in the day, O’Neill warned Cosby’s defense team about continuing to request a mistrial.
The judge says there will be no mistrial based on the long deliberations.