Cosby jury hunkers down for 3rd day in sex assault case

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 20, 2017

Jurors on Tuesday continued to deliberate the fate of the comedian, who could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the three counts of indecent aggravated assault against him. The comedian said in depositions that he gave her the common allergy medication Benadryl - calling the pills her "friends" without disclosing their substance - and insisted the encounter was consensual. "I wasn't shocked since, this was exactly what Andrea said she could do, and so she did". "I am not stopped".

The sudden outburst felt distinctly out of place in the deliberations in which Cosby is accused of having drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby's defense team argues that the two were in a relationship at the time and it was consensual.

He was not charged with any crimes at the time, but he did settle a civil suit with her out of court in 2006.

As they pored over Cosby's words, the jurors appeared to struggle with some language in one of the charges against him: "without her knowledge".

If they find Cosby guilty, Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who has presided over the case, would be expected to hand down a sentence within 60 to 90 days - though the defense is likely to appeal any conviction.

The frenzy outside the courthouse is growing larger and wilder with each day of jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case. Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

His primary complaint? O'Neill's decision Monday to bar the defense from calling what would have been one of its only witnesses, Marguerite Jackson, a Temple University academic adviser who said Constand once described how she could frame "a high-profile" person on accusations that he had sexually assaulted her. The judge had barred her hearsay testimony from the trial, but Wyatt made sure her statement got out. Constand said on the witness stand she did not know Jackson. His lawyers maintain Constand was a willing sexual partner.

Constand testified the pills, which she said Cosby suggested were herbal, left her disoriented and unable to resist him.

On Wednesday afternoon, they asked to rehear Constand's testimony about the night of the alleged assault. "It is not uncommon for jurors to ask for transcripts of testimony or for portions of testimony to be read back to them. He's been upbeat", she said, adding, "Knowing Mr. Cosby is to know there is always that sense of laughter, and I was grateful to see his spirit hadn't been broken as a result of this process". When they returned to the courtroom, most had stern, but tired, expressions on their faces from the hours and hours of deliberations.

Authorities declined to charge Cosby when she first came forward in 2005, but a new district attorney reopened the case in 2015 after Cosby's deposition was unsealed at the request of The Associated Press.

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