Growing frenzy outside court as Cosby deliberations wear on

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 15, 2017

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

They deliberated for four hours Monday night and roughly another 11 hours on Tuesday with no verdict.

Constand, 44, who spent seven hours on the stand last week, was in the gallery as the jury scrutinized her story.

Just after they began their deliberations Monday, jurors asked to revisit a section of the transcript where Cosby described pills he gave to Constand the night of the alleged assault - ones he contends were Benadryl.

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over a week of testimony, but presented nearly no forensic evidence. As such, legal experts have said the trial fits the "he said-she said" arguments so common to sexual offense cases.

Cosby faces three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. The comedian, 37 years her elder, twice made what she called "suggestive" passes at her, but she rebuffed him, she said.

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.

"Why did you call them "friends"?"

"Cosby's team is trying to plant seeds of doubt about this trial with his fans so they don't abandon him". "I have three friends for you to make you relax".

She became incapacitated and felt "frozen" and told him so, she testified. "He's been upbeat", she said.

"I don't hear her say anything. I wanted to to what I would have wanted to receive".

Cosby lowered and shook his head in the courtroom as she spoke. Cosby testified under oath more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil suit against him. They also requested further definition of the third count, which pertains to whether Cosby gave Constand a substance "without [her] knowledge" for the goal of "preventing resistance".

McMonagle did not deny that Cosby slept with Constand but argued that the relationship was consensual. Cosby says they enjoyed a mutual "petting" session.

In a tense cross-examination, defense attorneys pointed out that several of Constand's initial statements to police, including the date of the alleged assault, were later proved to be false.

"This court has not given (Cosby) a fair and impartial trial", Wyatt said. Hotel rooms are sold out for miles.

She said about the sexual assault allegations, "It's nothing that I take lightly or that I condone in any way shape or form but he's still a person. I'll be disappointed, however, it won't change the love", she said. "It was a lot of confusion putting a lot of dates together".

The first prosecutor to review the case in 2005 passed on it.

"They've been intimate", he said. If convicted, Cosby would also be required to register as a sex offender.

Constand testified last week that she did not recall knowing the woman.

Mr. Cosby contacted his lawyers to try and reach a deal in which he'd pay for her to go to graduate school and pursue a career in sports broadcasting or another field of her choice so long as she maintained a 3.0 grade point average, Mr. Cosby said according to the police report. The district attorney at the time declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Andrew Wyatt read the statement from longtime Temple University official Marguerite Jackson on Tuesday as jurors deliberated charges that Cosby drugged and molested Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

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