Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby's sex assault trial

The judge had instructed the jury to keep deliberating after it reported Thursday it was deadlocked on the charges against the comedian.

They've deliberated almost 40 hours since getting the case.

Cosby's defense team has been asking for a mistrial, arguing jurors have talked about the charges long enough.

"It's very, very hard for juries to work on cases where someone is loved by so many people", said Morelli on the fact that it's difficult for Cosby's celebrity status not to influence his case. The judge told them they had to rely on their collective memory. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. He says it was consensual. They withdrew a request for related phone records.

Cosby, 79, has been accused by almost 60 women of sexual assault over the past several decades but Andrea Constand, the plaintiff in this case, was the only one still eligible to go to trial.

"They're conflicted about the inconsistencies in Ms. Constand's testimony", he told reporters on Thursday.

With deliberations running about as long as the testimony of all the witnesses combined, the 79-year-old TV star's lawyer complained that jurors were seeking a replay of the entire trial.

According to the testimony, Cosby called himself a "sick man" and refused to identify the pills he gave her daughter.

The jury deliberated for 20 minutes Friday before making another request to speak to the judge as they have done multiple times since they got the case on Monday.

More than a dozen excerpts from Cosby's deposition, including the "friends" comment and his acknowledgment that he'd gone "somewhere between permission and rejection" during a previous encounter with Constand.

Mr Cosby testified in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women before sex.

Constand testified that after she took the pills from Cosby her vision began to blur, she slurred her words and she "wasn't able to fight in any way" as Cosby groped her breasts and touched her genitals.

Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial have returned for a fifth day of deliberations.

Judge Steven O'Neill said Friday that he'll let jurors work as long as they want as they try resolving a deadlock that threatened to end the case without a verdict.

After a lunch break, jurors are expected to rehear testimony from accuser Andrea Constand and her mother about phone calls with Cosby.

"There's a misperception that there's a time limit", he said.

With the jury struggling to find common ground, some of the other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault confronted sign-waving Cosby supporters gathered on the courthouse steps to await the outcome.

They asked to hear the definition of "reasonable doubt" and to hear the testimony Cosby gave in his 2005 deposition from the civil suit filed by Constand, specifically the part that dealt with his use of Quaaludes that he gave to women that he wanted to "have sex with".

The portion of Constand's seven hours of trial testimony during which she talked about the night she says Cosby drugged and sexually violated her.

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