Cosby jury to deliberate as long as able
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 4:28
Judge Steven O'Neill said the jury had the written charge in its possession and that he is not permitted to define the charges any further, saying it was up to the jury to determine what the phrase means.
The jury in the Norristown, Pa., courthouse also requested that the judge read aloud portions of deposition testimony from the trial involving Cosby's past purchase of Quaaludes to facilitate sex with women.
O'Neill said he could not prevent jurors from working as long as they are willing to continue mulling whether the 79-year-old comedian was guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
The jury also asked Judge Steven O'Neill to repeat the definition of "reasonable doubt". He told them they had to rely on their collective memory.
The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has listened again to the actor's statements about giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.
Cosby accuser Linda Kirkpatrick said it was the first time she learned Cosby obtained seven Quaaludes prescriptions - enough to last him until her alleged assault in 1981..
To make sure Cosby was answering with competence, the judge asked him to confirm he wasn't "under the influence" of anything.
Just before lunch Friday, the jury sent yet another question looking to rehear testimony.
Jurors on Friday morning asked the court to repeat Cosby's deposition in a civil lawsuit that was unsealed in 2015.
The drugs he gave Constand were over-the-counter Benadryl, he had said.
O'Neill had appeared impatient Thursday night after a news conference by Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt exhorting the judge to call a mistrial, and courtroom observers read the unconventional address of the defendant Friday as a response to that. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes.
"They were here!" said Brian McMonagle, exasperated.
Andrea Constand was the prosecution's key witness, telling jurors that Cosby gave her three unidentified pills before taking advantage when she was disoriented to sexually assault her.
With these two high profile cases seemingly teetering on the brink of hung juries this week, you might think it happens quite often. The jury's continued questions leave open the possibility that jurors may remain deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault that Cosby faces.
The testimony that the jury asked to hear again in court included details on how Cosby allegedly referred to himself as a "sick man" during the chat with Gianna, who is the mother of his accuser, Andrea Constand. The comedian's legal counsel has already made several motions for mistrial, citing the deadlocked jury's inability to come to a timely verdict.
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
The man once best known to U.S. audiences as "America's dad" faces similar accusations from dozens of women, though only Constand's allegations have resulted in criminal charges. Defense attorneys, who tediously went through each of those calls, argue that they prove Constand was untruthful when she told investigators that she had little contact with Cosby after the alleged assault.