Why is the Bill Cosby jury deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberation?

June 14, 2017Media Mention
USA Today

As jurors in the sexual assault criminal trial of entertainer Bill Cosby said they were deadlocked only to be instructed to try again by the judgeThursday morning, fans (and the media) wait. And wait.

Deliberations began Monday night after a rapid six days of testimony and closing arguments in front of Judge Steven O'Neill at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

By Wednesday night, jurors asked the judge several questions seeking clarification and re-reading of excerpts of Cosby's own words about his 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand at his nearby home.

For some experts and observers, drawn out deliberations had indicated possible disagreement among members of the jury.

A. Scott Bolden, defense attorney at Reed Smith, Washington, D.C., and a former prosecutor, said he was not surprised the jury was taking its time to process the case. "The jurors are grappling with getting it right," he says. "That takes time. They are looking at the facts and evidence regarding 'consent.' and they were reviewing the deposition section regarding the manner in which the defendant Cosby used drugs to deal with women.  The consent issue is good for Cosby — the deposition is not."