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Cosby jury ends 4th day with no verdict

26 June 2017

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

Another accuser, Victoria Valentino, also told CNN Friday it's "very hurtful" to see Cosby supporters protesting outside the courthouse "because you want to go up to them and take them one by one and shake them and try to really connect with them".

But even the solicitous judge had his limits, putting his foot down late Friday afternoon when the jurors asked to hear a sliver of testimony they'd just had read back to them.

This week, as the jury of seven men and five women toiled toward a decision in the Norristown, Pa. courtroom, they repeatedly asked about damaging sections of Cosby's 2005 sworn depositions.

After being asked yet again for a mistrial by Cosby's defense team, the judge said he'll "act" if they come back again deadlocked. Cosby also declined to tell her what pills he had given Andrea Constand, but he did say they were from a prescription bottle, she testified. Cosby is facing three felony indecent sexual assault charges, each of which carries up to ten years in prison and thousands in fines.

The testimony is relevant because Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. He maintains that their sexual encounter was consensual.

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Dozens of women have come forward to say Mr Cosby drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges.

O'Neill reread Cosby's deposition in which the comedian stated he would give women quaaludes when he wanted to have sex with them.

Jurors continued their work a day after telling the judge they were unable to reach agreement on a unanimous verdict.

Defense attorneys argued that the sexual contact was part of a consenting relationship between Cosby and Constand.

The portion of Constand's testimony where she talks about telephone calls to Cosby, as well as related phone records that were introduced as evidence.

"The information that I had he was going to hang them last night". She got the show tickets because her family loved Cosby, and she hadn't yet told them about the alleged assault.

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As Cosby exited a vehicle and walked into the courthouse early Friday he was heckled on the sidewalk by a woman yelling, "Shame on you, Bill!" Considering those odds plus the quotes and testimonies and the legacy of the powerful man they were accusing, Cosby facing only one single trial despite his crowd of accusers isn't an outlier.

To make sure Cosby was answering with competence, the judge asked him to confirm he wasn't "under the influence" of anything.

"I felt really humiliated and I was really confused", she said through tears.

Drugging and sexually violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. After a lunch break, jurors were expected to review testimony from Constand and her mother about phone conversations they had with Cosby after the alleged assault.

The statistics from the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) approximate that there are almost 321,500 people who become victims and survivors of assault in America each year. With the Spencer Charge, jurors are asked to return to deliberations, with each re-evaluating their own decision.

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Cosby jury ends 4th day with no verdict