At impasse, Cosby jury tests patience of judge

Bill Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case tested the patience of defense lawyers and even the judge on the fifth day of deliberations Friday as it repeatedly asked to run through testimony from the TV star, his accuser and others, struggling to break a deadlock that threatens to end the trial without a verdict.

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.

Judge Steven O’Neill refused repeated defense requests for a mistrial declaring that jurors could talk as long as they wanted over allegations that Cosby drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. But even the solicitous judge had his limits, putting his foot down late Friday afternoon when the jurors asked to hear a sliver of testimony they’d just had read back to them. The judge told them they had to rely on their collective memory.