Tough decision

Cosby jurors deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberations

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives with his wife Camille for the sixth day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

After more than 30 hours of deliberations, the jury that heard Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania informed the judge in the case on Thursday morning that it is deadlocked, according to NBC News. “We cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of these counts,” the jury, which has been sequestered, said in a note to the judge, Steven O’Neill.

Cosby’s defense attorneys used the opportunity to file a motion for a mistrial. But instead of granting one, O’Neill ordered jurors to continue deliberating. He invoked what’s known as an Allen charge or a Spencer charge, reminding the jurors of their duty to try their best to reach a verdict. O’Neill also reportedly cautioned jurors not to “feel compelled to surrender your honest belief” just to reach a unanimous decision.

Cosby has been on trial for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee. While Cosby’s lawyers celebrated the news of the deadlocked jury as “justice,” several of Cosby’s other accusers were in the courtroom and were visibly shaken by the development, NBC News reported. Gloria Allred, a lawyer who represents some of Cosby’s accusers and was on hand, said, “This is not a vindication of anybody. It’s not over yet.” For more on the story, watch the video below.

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