Cosby jury hears another reading of Constand's testimony about alleged sexual assault

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial were scheduled for more deliberations Wednesday after failing to reach a verdict after two days of discussions that stretched into the night.

"I was really nervous and wasn't able to recall every particular moment that I had seen Mr. Cosby in order of dates", she explained.

The jury resumed deliberations after having the testimony read back to them and listening again to the definition of reasonable doubt, the threshold that prosecutions must cross to win a conviction.

"This is an incredible jury that has just acted with incredible dignity and fidelity, . and I don't have any higher praise", Judge Stephen O'Neill told the panel before they broke for the night.

"It's been 12 hours, that's enough".

"You're conscientious. You are working hard".

The jury consists of seven men and five women. That same day, the jury asked to hear read-backs of police testimony about Cosby's 2005 interview with police at his attorney's NY law office. They are looking at the facts and evidence regarding 'consent, ' and they were reviewing the deposition section regarding the manner in which the defendant Cosby used drugs to deal with women.

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As the deliberations continued on Wednesday, the crowd waiting outside the Montgomery County courthouse appeared to have grown, including the occasional protester and one local resident who set up a swiveling armchair on the sidewalk. Jurors asked Wednesday evening to rehear testimony from the Cheltenham police detective who interviewed Cosby in January 2005.

Jurors have been deliberating for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday. "Simply, you're exhausted, and I respect that", O'Neill said.

Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and abusing Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby had drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges. "This is how juries deliberate". Scores of reporters from across the country and from Australia, Europe and Asia are on the scene to cover the trial; some are staked out near the courthouse steps, others line up daily outside Courtroom A inside.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt has been a central part of the show outside the courthouse.

While Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, has stood by him, she has largely stayed away from court and his celebrity friends have mostly deserted him.

Constand testified last week that Cosby gave her pills that left her woozy, helped her to a couch and then violated her while she was passed out, unable to say no or fight his advances. "They're tugging on the heart strings of nostalgia", said David La Torre, who ran Penn State's public relations during the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Her lawyer, Dolores Troiani, called Jackson's claims a fabrication.

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