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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The jury in the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby informed the judge Thursday morning that it is deadlocked on all three charges against the legendary entertainer, but the judge sent them back to the deliberating room to try again. "We cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the charges," the jury foreperson wrote in a note to Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill. Cosby, 79, stood and watched closely as the predominantly white jury of seven men and five women filed into the courtroom, most appearing weary and glum. The jury has been deliberating for about 30 hours and is now in its fourth day of deliberations. The judge denied a defense request for a mistrial. "It's simply inappropriate at this time," said O'Neill.

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The judge responded to the grim word from the jury by reminding members of the panel that it is their duty to try to reach a decision, even on some of the charges. "If after further deliberations you are still deadlocked on some or all of the charges, you should report that to me," the judge told jurors.

The jury, selected last month in Pittsburgh and sequestered here for the duration of the trial, is considering three aggravated indecent assault charges. If convicted of all three charges, Cosby could be sentenced to up to 10 years on each count.

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Well, like the President of the United States said, "And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the -----. You can do anything."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-06-15 02:41 PM | Reply

You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But if some jurors claim to have a reasonable doubt, they are forced to continue deliberating until they give in to finding the defendant guilty or they can force those in favor of a guilty verdict to give in. Thanks, Judge.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-06-15 05:20 PM | Reply

Black jurors refuse to convict black celebrities, even when they're clearly guilty.

They can't get reparations for slavery, so they take little wins like this whenever they can.

Can't say I blame them.

White people let white collar criminals destroy lives left and right and get away with it.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 05:56 PM | Reply

Someone needs to slip a little something in their drinks to loosen them up a little.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-15 07:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#2 | Posted by Sycophant

Unfamiliar with an "Allan" or "Dynamite" Charge? www.google.com

And yeah, that's a complaint about using one thus it must be done carefully.

#5 | Posted by et_al at 2017-06-15 08:14 PM | Reply

Someone needs to slip a little something in their drinks to loosen them up a little.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-15 07:47 PM | Reply | Flag

Or in some Jello pudding.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-06-15 11:28 PM | Reply

Today, I read of people convicted of horrible crimes who were exhonerated completely. Not just that they couldn't prove guilt but that their innocence was proven after they served 20 years in prison. Let's be careful about Bill Cosby, none of us know if any of the accusations are true and apparently half of the jury shares that doubt. I would never want to pretend that I know the truth when I really don't, what if Bill is innocent? It's not impossible, if the prosecution can't prove their case, beyond a shadow of a doubt, then Bill is legally innocent and we should respect that part of our legal system. I haven't been a big Bill supporter but the prosecution needs to either prove their case or let Bill live his life in peace.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-15 11:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

They can't get reparations for slavery, so they take little wins like this whenever they can.

I will never understand why the U.S. paid reparations to the Jews (for something America didn't do), but didn't pay reparations to blacks..

#8 | Posted by boaz at 2017-06-16 08:30 AM | Reply

#7

Agreed Danni.

Our system of Trial used to be where it was hard to take someone's freedom. In this day of plea bargaining, it's gotten easier to put someone in jail. I think if the entire jury cannot say "Guilty", then he needs to go free and not be retried..

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2017-06-16 08:32 AM | Reply

I think if the entire jury cannot say "Guilty", then he needs to go free and not be retried..

Posted by boaz at 2017-06-16 08:32 AM | Reply

If it's a mistrial the state AKA the people have a right to try him again.

#10 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-06-16 08:53 AM | Reply

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It is hard to believe that he's never drugged and assaulted a woman given how many have come forward and how consisent the stories are. But this trial is about one specific incident. I'm assuming they didn't have a parade of women testifying to being raped by Cosby during the trial.

#11 | Posted by Sully at 2017-06-16 09:36 AM | Reply

#2 | Posted by Sycophant
Unfamiliar with an "Allan" or "Dynamite" Charge? www.google.com
And yeah, that's a complaint about using one thus it must be done carefully.

#5 | POSTED BY ET_AL

I am actually. But using the technical term muddles the point I was making of pointing out the absurdity of the practice.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-06-16 09:36 AM | Reply

"none of us know if any of the accusations are true and apparently half of the jury shares that doubt. "
#7 | POSTED BY DANNI

Half? It only takes one to deadlock a jury. Decision has to be unanimous.

#13 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-06-16 10:35 AM | Reply

Let's be careful about Bill Cosby, none of us know if any of the accusations are true and apparently half of the jury shares that doubt. I would never want to pretend that I know the truth when I really don't, what if Bill is innocent? It's not impossible, if the prosecution can't prove their case, beyond a shadow of a doubt, then Bill is legally innocent and we should respect that part of our legal system.
#7 | POSTED BY DANNI

What a shameful cherry picking hypocrite on law and guilt. Tell us how you apply the same standard to Trump.

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-16 11:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

One of the jurors is full of covfefe.

#15 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-06-16 05:25 PM | Reply

Michele Carter is convicted of manslaughter for talking while Cosby is going to go free despite overwhelming evidence.

There is no justice in this country.

#16 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-06-16 08:41 PM | Reply

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