Bill Cosby trial: Why judge told deadlocked jury to keep deliberating

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday

It ended with a phrase scrolling down the screen reading: "ALWAYS FOLLOW THROUGH".

In her first tweet since the trial began, Constand, a former college basketball player who played professionally in Europe, posted a slow-motion video of herself apparently shooting a miniature basketball into a hoop, with "Sweet Georgia Brown" playing.

It was at Temple she met Cosby, a member of the school's board of trustees.

"This is an incredible jury that has just acted with incredible dignity and fidelity", O'Neill said.

About 50 women have made allegations against Cosby.

Several of the other women who accuse Cosby of molesting them are confronting a half-dozen supporters outside the courthouse. But the atmosphere remained calm, with accusers and supporters even holding hands at times. They had listened to Kelly Johnson testify that Cosby drugged and assaulted her too.

"He is not Cliff Huxtable", she said.

A hung jury could represent a clear victory for Cosby, allowing him to avoid what might have been years in prison for three counts of aggravated indecent assault. O'Neill ordered the panel to return to the jury room to keep trying.

Cosby has maintained his innocence.

But so far, the jury said it hasn't unanimously decided whether he's guilty.

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As jurors in the sexual assault criminal trial of entertainer Bill Cosby said they were deadlocked only to be instructed to try again by the judge Thursday morning, fans (and the media) wait.

Early Thursday, the panel told the court they were deadlocked on each of the three counts against Cosby, but Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill urged them to continue deliberations.

Cosby's defense team argued that Constand and prosecutors are misrepresenting what occurred that day and that the sexual activity was consensual, which Constand and prosecutors reject.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them.

The jury has had to take in a lot since Monday, the least of which was Cosby's defense.

"We had worked so hard, sacrificed so much and prayed so much and didn't sleep enough and didn't eat enough", she said, via NBC News. Deliberations will resume Thursday morning.

In it, he claimed Constand showed no ill effects from the 1 1/2 Benadryl pills he gave her to help her relax, and that she never objected to his behavior during the 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home. In tears, Bernard told one man what Cosby did to her, then approached a line of people carrying signs expressing support for Cosby. She says the incident happened at Cosby's home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

Cosby could face ten years in prison for each count if convicted.

Defence lawyers during the trial emphasised discrepancies in Constand's statements to police in 2005 in an effort to undermine her credibility.

But, the judge also told them they should not "feel compelled to surrender your honest belief" simply to come to a verdict and end the grueling process.

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