‘s jurors have been sent back to their hotel rooms following yet another day of failing to return a verdict — and having now clocked over 52 hours of deliberations.
After declaring they were Thursday, a renewed push Friday , totaling 14 requests from the jury over five days of gridlock.
Friday also brought two motions from mistrial from defense attorney Brian McMonagle, who called the jurors “tired and weary,” and claimed they felt compelled to come back with either a conviction and acquittal.
“We had a 36-hour trial, and this is the 52nd hour,” the lawyer begged.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill questioned McMonale’s motion–reminding him the jury could be on the brink of clearing his client–but asked prosecutors if they wished to join in the motion.
“Not at this time,” Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele, who is prosecuting the case, said. O’Neill did not rule on the motion.
Cosby, 79, stands accused of drugging and sexually assaulting inside his Cheltenham home.
The jurist then ordered the panel to return bright and early Saturday morning to continue deliberating at 9:00a.m., saying “we’ll see what tomorrow brings, when tomorrow comes.”
The jurors requested read-back of various portions of testimony Friday, where he admits to using Quaaludes to facilitate sex with women.
The haggard crew appeared to be losing their ability to retain information at one point–returning to the courtroom less than 30 minutes after hearing testimony to ask if they could hear a single line of it again.
“That testimony was just read,” O’Neill said tiredly, before asking they use their “collective recollection.”
Jurors had wanted to hear a single statement made by Constand’s mother, in which she said “I learned more from him than I did from her,” referencing a conversation in which she confronted the comedian for assaulting her daughter.
Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt again addressed the public from outside the courthouse, despite a light admonishment from the judge earlier in the day.
Wyatt said Cosby was “ready,” for a verdict, and “holding up well” as he awaits his fate. He noted numerous “friends” who were reaching out with well wishes. Yet when pressed, Wyatt could only offer a few names from “The Cosby Show,”– notably Phylicia Rashad, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and Keisha Knight Pulliam. He also mentioned governor Douglas Wilder and professor Mary Frances Berry.
Fellow Cosby accuser Lili Bernard rushed the podium after Wyatt stepped down, telling reporters to remember “one reminder: rapists lie.”