Jury expert: "Assuming the jurors are entrenched and polarized in their positions after four days of debate, the chances of coming to consensus are narrowing." - From USA TODAY
Log Out Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., for his sexual assault trial, Thursday,(Photo: Matt Slocum, AP) After 30-plus hours of deliberation, jurors in the Bill Cosby criminal sexual assault trial have been instructed by the judge to try again after telling him Thursday morning that they are deadlocked.
Shortly after reconvening the court upon receiving the jury's news early Thursday, O'Neill directed them to try again.
The news about the deadlock, or lack of consensus, was predicted by some experts as deliberations extended for days.
Still, "You cannot place a bet based upon a jury note indicating that they are deadlocked," says Stuart Slotnick, a New York criminal defense attorney who has been following the Cosby case for more than two years.
"Very often juries that say that they are deadlocked come back and convict and sometimes they do not." Slotnick adds that in this case, "There is no question based upon the request for read back of the complainant’s testimony that they are examining her account and looking at inconsistencies.