After four days of deliberations, the Bill Cosby jury cried uncle yesterday, and told the judge they were DEADLOCKED on the three sexual assault charges. And the judge basically told them to GET BACK TO WORK.
He read them something that’s commonly known as the Allen Charge, or the “Dynamite Charge”. Although in Pennsylvania . . . where this trial is taking place, they call it the Spencer Charge.
Basically, he told the jurors to re-examine their own views and opinions in order to reach a consensus.
If they come back to the judge and STILL can’t make up their minds, that’s a hung jury, and the judge can declare a mistrial. At that point it would be up to the prosecution to decide whether to try him again with a new jury.
Of course they might not be deadlocked on all the charges. There are three, remember, and each one carries a possible 10 years in prison.