The jury in the Bill Cosby criminal trial, which is deliberating for the fifth day and has already said it is deadlocked and unable to reach a decision — prompting the judge in the case to urge the jurors to try again — has asked the court for more information on a number of topics. Among them, CNN reports, the jury asked: “What is reasonable doubt?”
“Jurors also asked to rehear Cosby’s deposition about acquiring Quaaludes, the third time that parts of Cosby’s statements were re-read to the jury during deliberations,” CNN reports. “After almost 41 hours of deliberations, the jury’s questions leave open the possibility that jurors may remain deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault that Cosby faces.”
The defense team again asked for a mistrial today, with Judge Steven O’Neill rejecting the request. “I’m going to allow this to go as long as this jury wishes to continue to deliberate,” O’Neill said today.
“If there is a mistrial, Cosby would not be considered guilty or not guilty, and prosecutors may choose to retry the case with a different set of jurors,” CNN notes. “Still, that would represent a major win for Cosby’s team, which has argued that the case never should have reached court.”