After entering Day 4 of jury deliberations after a trial that lasted six, jurors have indicated they aren’t able to agree on a verdict. They’ve been instructed to keep trying.
Comic actor Bill Cosby’s fate has been hanging in the balance while jurors deliberated in Norristown, Penn. While awaiting a verdict to emanate from inside the courthouse, reporters have taken to documenting activities outside it.
Wednesday’s action involved this guy getting booted after he brought his recliner to the courthouse steps:
And the jury’s dinner selection: hot Stromboli (for some reason the judge repeated the jurors’ menu choice several times, making sure everyone knew it would be served at the proper temperature).
The 79-year-old entertainer did not testify, as he indicated during a radio interview on the eve of jury selection.
“When you have to deal with examination, cross examination, (there’s) more than two sides to every story. Sometimes it’s four or five,” he told Sirius XM radio host Michael Smerconish in an expansive, often meandering conversation during which he offered few succinct answers. “I just don’t want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer.”
Cosby is accused of drugging and assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his estate more than a decade ago. His legal team has branded the encounter as a consensual, romantic liaison.
His “television daughter,” Atlanta actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, has been with him in court and explained her support during a Wednesday interview with NBC’s “Today Show.”
“It’s easy to be there for someone when things are good,” she said. “I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive.”
She walked with him into court last week and sat through opening arguments.
“It was important for me to be there,” said Pulliam, who played Rudy as a child on “The Cosby Show” back in the day. The new mom now lives in Atlanta. “I truly believe you’re innocent until proven guilty.”
She does not dismiss the serious allegations her television father faces.
“As a woman, as a graduate of Spelman College … and being the mother to a daughter it’s nothing I take lightly or that I condone in any way, shape or form,” she said. “He’s clear that yes, he has been unfaithful to his wife. Ultimately if she chooses to forgive him for those things, that’s between the two of them.”
If the jury returns a guilty verdict, Pulliam said, she’ll be “disappointed” but it won’t change her regard for Cosby.
“People falter,” she said. “People make mistakes. Things happen.”