Lawyers for Bill Cosby demanded that a judge declare a mistrial in the entertainer's sexual assault case on Friday, complaining that jurors were essentially rehearing the entire week of trial testimony as their deliberations passed the 45-hour mark.
Yet before they were released for the evening, a rattled O'Neill bizarrely brought in the exhausted-looking jury, appeared to chastise them, and sent them back to the jury room-forgetting to formally dismiss them.
Cosby could face ten years in prison for each count if convicted. Andrea Constand, right, returns to the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.
The judge rejected the call for mistrial, and instead ordered the 12-member jury to reconvene Friday and continue their deliberations until they can end the impasse and reach a decision. If a hung jury is declared, the district attorney will have to decide whether to go forward with re-trying the case. "I said 'I trust you.' I took the pills and I swallowed the pills down".
Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. "If you are still deadlocked you should report that to me".
Cosby's defense team argues that the encounter was consensual and "romantic", while prosecutors say it was one assault within a larger pattern of drugging and sexually assaulting women.
The jury - which was made up of four white women, six white men, one black woman and one black man - was selected in Pittsburgh in late May and has been sequestered near Philadelphia for the duration of the trial.
O'Neill said the alternates are permitted to use their laptops while they wait for the verdict.
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Gomez said, "The longer a jury takes to reach a decision, the more there is the possibility that they will be a hung jury, or that they will compromise to come to their verdict".
Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said only that the "jury is apparently working very hard". One of them, Lili Bernard, burst into tears on Thursday after getting into an argument with a Cosby supporter outside. "They want to get it right".
Jurors continued their work a day after telling the judge they were unable to reach agreement on a unanimous verdict. The district attorney's office declined to comment.
"It's incredibly important to these jurors", the judge said. Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.
The case has already helped demolish his image as America's Dad, cultivated during his eight-year run as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and '90s.
On Tuesday, the jury reviewed more than a dozen passages from a deposition Cosby gave last decade, listening to excerpts on a wide range of topics, from Cosby's first meeting with Andrea Constand to the night in 2004 she says he drugged and violated her.
The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge.
The trial outside Philadelphia involves Cosby's sexual encounter with a woman at his home in 2004.