On Day 5, Cosby jury asks for definition of reasonable doubt

A trial attorney said that the jury’s long deliberation time and request to clarify the concept of “reasonable doubt” in Bill Cosby’s trial could possibly result in a mistrial.

The judge denied the request, saying, “This was just read to you”.

Cosby did not testify at the trial, but the jury had heard a police interview with him from 2005 as well as his depositions. On those occasions, jurors asked to revisit testimony or clarity on the phrasing of his charge.

Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand’s lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Jurors on Friday morning asked the court to repeat Cosby’s deposition in a civil lawsuit that was unsealed in 2015.

Cosby testified in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women before sex. Answer: Yes. Question: Did you ever give the Quaaludes to women without their knowledge? The 12 jurors were instructed to continue examining the evidence.

By 9 p.m. Friday, the jury had deliberated 52 hours over five days. In Cosby’s case, that could involve the more than 60 other women who have accused him of assaults dating to the 1960s. He said he told her to tell the truth because “the truth is easy”.

For the third time today, court was called back into session during deliberations of the Bill Cosby trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse outside of Philadelphia. “He keeps telling them to go back and give me a verdict”.

“It’s not uncommon for a jury to be deadlocked at first but then to reach a verdict after some prodding from the judge”, says Larry Cunningham, vice dean and professor of legal writing at St. John’s Law School in NY, and a former prosecutor. “Psychologically, the jurors feel that they are at the end of the week and (then) pull the trigger”. I also want to thank the supporters who have been here.

As for why he called the pills “friends”, Cosby said: “Because they might help take some of the stress and tension away“. She says he drugged and molested her as she lay helpless on his couch. He says it was consensual. Cosby is facing three felony indecent sexual assault charges, each of which carries up to ten years in prison and thousands in fines.

The jury tells the judge that it “cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts”. The jury could potentially vote to convict on some counts and acquit on others but that would likely be an issue for appeal.

District Attorney Kevin Steele, who ran for office promising to pursue Cosby on the long-abandoned case, would then have several months to decide whether to retry Cosby.

Drugging and sexually violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

There isn’t much evidence indicating that hung juries are more common in higher profile cases that are capturing a lot media attention. Are the majority for acquittal or for conviction?

“It’s very, very hard for juries to work on cases where someone is loved by so many people”, said Morelli on the fact that it’s difficult for Cosby’s celebrity status not to influence his case.

“This is an historic time in our country where we are witnessing the idea that no one, no matter how powerful or famous they may be, is above the law. Frequently after high-profile cases, some of the jurors speak to the press and disclose all”.