Cosby extortion jury resumes deliberations ThursdayJuly 23, 1997
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Jurors deciding the fate of Autumn Jackson, accused of trying to extort $40 million from entertainer Bill Cosby, will resume their deliberations Thursday morning.
After four hours of deliberation Wednesday, the seven-man, five-woman federal jury recessed at 4:30 p.m. EDT without reaching a verdict.
Jackson and two co-defendants are accused of demanding $40 million from Cosby. Jackson says Cosby is her father, a claim he denies.
Jurors got the case after receiving instructions from U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones. She ruled earlier that Cosby's paternity was irrelevant to the case and that the issue was whether the defendants committed extortion.
Jackson, 22, Jose Medina, 51, and Boris Sabas, 42, could be sentenced to 12 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy, extortion and violating the Interstate Travel Act.
Jackson's boyfriend, Antonay Williams, 26, earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy and aiding and abetting in extortion.
Cosby testified to having a sexual relationship with Jackson's mother, Shawn Thompson Upshaw, in the 1970s and has acknowledged paying Jackson's education expenses -- as he has for many other students. But he insisted he is not her father.
During closing arguments on Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Engelmayer said Jackson had threatened to ruin Cosby's reputation by taking her story to the news media.
Engelmayer described Jackson as an "extortionist driven by greed who wanted an express ride to easy money."
Even if Cosby is Jackson's father, she broke the law by demanding cash to spare him embarrassment, prosecutors charged.
But Rob Baum, Jackson's attorney, claimed his client was the real victim.
He said Jackson "lived in a box for 22 years" and was "kept hidden from love and affection required of a parent."
Baum claims Jackson was only trying to get the financial settlement that was rightly hers after Cosby cut her off.
Correspondent Cynthia Tornquist contributed to this report.
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