NORRISTOWN >> After 16 hours of deliberations over two days, a jury weighing the fate of actor Bill Cosby was unable to reach a verdict Tuesday at his sexual assault trial.
“Simply, you are exhausted. I respect that,” Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill addressed the jury of seven men and five women shortly after 9 p.m. “You are doing an incredible job, showing fidelity to your oath.”
O’Neill ordered the sequestered jury, which was selected in Pittsburgh, to return to court at 9 a.m. Wednesday to resume deliberations. The jury deliberated four hours on Monday and another 12 hours on Tuesday.
William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with his alleged sexual contact with Andrea Constand, the former director of women’s basketball operations at Temple University, at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004. If convicted of the charges, Cosby faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison.
Throughout the day, jurors sent three questions to the judge and asked to see certain trial exhibits or to hear certain witness testimony again. The judge complied each time and jurors returned to their deliberations.
Meanwhile, outside the courthouse, hordes of media gathered waiting for word of a verdict, their skin glistening or reddened from the 95-degree heat.
Members of the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women were also present outside the courthouse carrying signs reading, “Stand With Survivors”…
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