Montgomery County defense lawyers comment on lengthy Cosby jury deliberations
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 7:30
"At that point, judges will typically read the jury further instructions to encourage them to continue their deliberation and work to reach a unanimous verdict". He says it was consensual. It never happened, but the suggestion was enough to dominate the headlines just as prosecutors were closing their case with Cosby's damaging deposition testimony.
Before Wednesday's reading of Constand's testimony, the jurors had asked Judge O'Neill a total of four questions seeking clarification and re-reading of excerpts of Cosby's own words about his encounter with Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia.
Ms Constand testified she was mistaken, and prosecutors called a psychologist who testified that victims of sexual violence sometimes have trouble remembering details and engage in seemingly irrational behaviour in response to the trauma. Constand told police she was semi-conscious as he touched her breast and genitals.
Andrea Constand says she was drugged and molested.
Bill Cosby, left, walks alongside spokesman Andrew Wyatt at the end of a day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
On Tuesday, after the court day wrapped up, the statement from Marguerite Jackson was read, but it was not allowed to be submitted in court, according to CBS News. In clear and firm statements, she said Cosby, a powerful Temple alum, mentored her and took an interest in her career like a father figure. Gianna Constand wiped away tears at times. She also slammed Wyatt for circulating the witness' statement while jurors were deliberating. Jurors asked Wednesday evening to rehear testimony from the Cheltenham police detective who interviewed Cosby in January 2005.
He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness. Downtown Norristown, where the famous comedian is awaiting a verdict in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County courthouse, is a rundown suburb dotted with row homes, a few automotive shops, and fast food restaurants.
After 16 hours and 30 minutes of deliberations in Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby Jr., the sequestered jury was sent back to its hotel on Tuesday night.
If Cosby is found not guilty on all of the charges, he can not be tried for the same charges by the Montgomery County D.A.'s Office again.
"It's nothing that I take lightly or that I condone in any way shape or form, but he's still a person, he's still a husband, a parent, someone's son", she said. Constand took the stand to testify against Cosby. "I am not stopped". His lawyers maintain Constand was a willing sexual partner. "I am not stopped" (Constand denies sexual activity; she testified she rebuffed Cosby when he touched her trousers by leaning forward).
Cosby lowered and shook his head in the courtroom as she spoke.
"Still, generally, the longer a jury is out, the better it is for the defense", said Winters.
Defense attorney Brian McMonagle told jurors on Monday that Cosby was guilty of adultery but not sexual assault. 12 witnesses were called during a week, but there was no forensic evidence. The testimony, unsealed in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, wasn't pretty coming from the beloved TV dad.