Jury in Cosby Ask More Questions in Deliberations

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.

The new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Cosby’s sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury.

Cosby took to Twitter Friday afternoon to thank his supporters.

“Thank you to all my fans and supporters — here in Norristown and worldwide,” Cosby tweeted.

Jurors who have appeared stressed and even angry seemed more upbeat as they left court outside Philadelphia Thursday night than on previous nights, despite enduring another marathon session.

The sequestered jurors had deliberated about 30 hours before telling O’Neill earlier Thursday that they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on any of the counts against the 79-year-old comedian. The judge told them to try again for a verdict.

As the jurors left for the day, O’Neill heaped praise on them, thanking them for their dedication and the sacrifice they’ve made being 300 miles from home in the Pittsburgh area.

“I want to reiterate how proud I am of each and every one of you,” O’Neill said as he sent the jury back to the hotel. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you’ve done.”

They will get back to it Friday morning.

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Source: CBS