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

The jury in the Bill Cosby case has entered its third day of deliberations and, so far today, things have been quiet.

Addressing reporters on the Norristown courthouse steps, spokesman Andrew Wyatt read what he said was a statement from Marguerite Jackson, a Temple academic adviser, alleging that accuser Andrea Constand told her she meant to set up Cosby.

The Rev. Andrew F. Kline, a vicar of a historic black church in Norristown who stopped by the courthouse steps Wednesday to check out the scene, said his congregation is "absolutely" talking about the case given Cosby's place in their lives.

Jurors quit for the night around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Jurors are deliberating over whether he drugged and assaulted a woman at his home in 2004.

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. He's drawn throngs of cameras with his updates on Cosby's mood and assertions that the 79-year-old comedian isn't getting a fair shake.

During an interview 12 years ago in NY at Cosby's lawyers' office, the comedian told Sargent Schaffer and two other investigators that he and Ms. Constand never experienced penetration.

Bill Cosby has arrived at the courthouse for the second day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial.

"Though the iconic actor and comedian [didn't] testify [during trial]", the music magazine writes, "Constand [offered] her account [on stand] of what happened that day in 2004, when she claims Cosby gave her three blue oblong tablets at his home and then proceeded to molest her while she was immobilized".

A judge blocked Jackson from taking the stand, ruling it would be hearsay. "It's easy to be there when things are good, when business is good, when money is good, when all of these things, but I wanted to do what I would have wanted to receive".

Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in January 2004.

Cosby said he gave Constand three half-tablets of Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine, to help her relax.

The panel has also been reviewing Cosby's deposition testimony.

The jury is weighing three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby, each carrying a maximum 10-year sentence. In the deposition, which became public almost two years ago, Mr. Cosby said he gave Ms. Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl.

Constand testified she was mistaken, and prosecutors called a psychologist who said that victims of sexual violence sometimes have trouble remembering details and engage in seemingly irrational behavior after the trauma.

The case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender. They cast Cosby as an unfaithful husband - but not a criminal.

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

Constand chose to return to court for closing arguments Monday after giving more than seven hours of testimony.

  • Gina Adkins


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