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Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

Currently, seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California. Cosby has denied all the charges.

If found guilty, Cosby could go to prison for the rest of his life. They may also be able to query jurors about the deliberations in hopes of learning something that may make their arguments more convincing. They have been working for more than 40 hours since getting the case on Monday.

In the deposition, which was released in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with. Cosby's June 5 trial saw the prosecution present its case against him over a period of four and a half days.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the objective of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with.

"They might decide to re-evaluate that position", said Mr Fishbein.

Approximately 60 accusations of sexual assault have been made against Cosby over a number of years, but only Constand's resulted in criminal charges because the other alleged incidents were too old to prosecute. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

Cosby maintained in a 2005 deposition that he gave Constand the antihistamine Benadryl to relieve stress and had consensual relations.

Judge Steven O'Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania declared a mistrial on Saturday after jurors said they were deadlocked after 52 hours of deliberations. On Saturday morning, all jurors agreed that there was "hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved on further deliberations", BuzzFeed News reported.

Prosecutors pledged to pursue a conviction, raising the prospect that the now frail and isolated comedian, once adored by millions as "America's Dad" but his career now in tatters, would be forced to return to court in a matter of months. However, it is somewhat disappointing that he chose to mention the Cosby case and fail to focus on what many find to be most problematic about the mistrial.

Constand is on board for the retrial.

Wyatt had said the deadlock showed that jurors doubted Constand's story.

"She's ready to go again", said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, of a retrial.

Ms Linda Fairstein, former head of the sex-crimes unit with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, agreed that retrials are usually better for the defence.

They first informed Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday that they were deadlocked, but were instructed to keep trying.

It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit.

FILE PHOTO - Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs after a judge declared a mistrial in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 17, 2017.