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Deadlocked Cosby jury begins sixth day of deliberations

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 00:53

Bill Cosby arrives at a Norristown, Pennsylvania court as the jury continues to deliberate his fate at his sexual assault trial. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The jury deliberating entertainer Bill Cosby's fate at his sexual assault trial will return on Saturday (June 17) after yet another marathon 12-hour session on Friday failed to produce a unanimous verdict. Since Thursday morning, when the jurors told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill they were having trouble reaching agreement, they have spent nearly 24 hours either discussing the case in a conference room or re-hearing trial testimony in the courtroom. All told, the deliberations, which began on Monday, have lasted approximately 52 hours - longer than the trial testimony. Cosby's lawyers have repeatedly urged O'Neill to declare a mistrial, given the length of the jury's debate, but the judge said on Friday he could not intervene without a fresh signal that jurors remained deadlocked on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby, 79, once one of the country's most beloved entertainers, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. About 60 women have made similar allegations, although only Constand's is recent enough to sustain a criminal prosecution. Cosby has denied all of the accusations, which have shattered the reputation he built as "America's dad" while starring in the 1980s hit TV series "The Cosby Show." He has said the encounter with Constand was consensual. O'Neill and Cosby's lead lawyer, Brian McMonagle, clashed on Friday, with the defense attorney complaining that the jury was essentially getting a replay of the entire trial. But the judge said he would allow the jury to work toward a verdict as long as it wanted.

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Deadlocked Cosby jury begins sixth day of deliberations

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 00:53