Bill Cosby sexual assault trial: Jury to deliberate for third straight day

Jun 15, 2017, 01:40

They began deliberating Monday evening, continued all day Tuesday and resumed Wednesday morning.

Brian McMonagle, an attorney for Bill Cosby, walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of jury deliberations for Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 14, 2017. If convicted, he will be required to register as a sex offender.

The jury deliberated for four hours Monday night before retreating back to the hotel where they have been sequestered since the start of the trial.

The jurors have asked the judge to re-read Cosby's decade-old comments about his relationship with Andrea Constand, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2004, and have revisited the testimony of a Canadian police officer who took the initial report from Constand in 2005.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Since starting deliberations, the jurors have re-examined both Cosby's and Constand's versions of the encounter, with particular focus on the pills he gave her beforehand.

As Bill Cosby awaits a verdict in his sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, the comedian's civil lawyers are fighting civil lawsuits against him by 10 women around the country.

Constand has said she has never met Jackson.

Currently, seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California. As such, legal experts have said the trial fits the "he said-she said" arguments so common to sexual offense cases.

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"I'm going to have to cross that bridge when I come to it", she said.

Prosecutors say his prior use of Quaaludes shows that Cosby had knowledge of what he was doing when he gave her the pills. "I'll be disappointed, however, it won't change the love", she said.

Constand testified over two days last week for the prosecution.

"Cosby's team is trying to plant seeds of doubt about this trial with his fans so they don't abandon him".

Andrea Constand says she was drugged and molested. One other accuser, Kelly Johnson, testified that she was drugged and assaulted in 1996 as prosecutors sought to establish that Cosby had a pattern of assault.

Jurors reviewed more than a dozen passages from Cosby's deposition.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, who guides the vision-impaired Cosby throughout his day, has drawn throngs of cameras with his updates on Cosby's mood - "very confident", is a common refrain - and assertions that the 79-year-old comedian isn't getting a fair shake. They cast Cosby as an unfaithful husband - but not a criminal.

When they returned to the courtroom, most had stern, but tired, expressions on their faces from the hours and hours of deliberations.

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