Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial: Jury Deliberates for Third Day
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 10:53
Brian McMonagle, one of Cosby's lawyers, highlighted Constand's inconsistencies.
Jurors quit for the night around 9 p.m. Tuesday. He says they were lovers and their encounter was consensual. The jury will reconvene for deliberations Wednesday morning.
Outside the court, Ms Constand's lawyers blasted the Cosby team for releasing a statement from a woman who had been blocked from giving evidence at the trial. He's accused of drugging and violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
As the press, curiosity seekers, women's rights advocates, and legal experts closely watch what may happen next in the case against Cosby, things are getting tense at the courthouse, particularly as the deliberations drag on through the middle of the week.
Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, told reporters that Jackson is "not telling the truth" and faulted Wyatt for circulating Jackson's statement while jurors were deliberating.
She said Cosby gave her three pills and wine before touching her breasts, putting his fingers in her vagina and putting her hand on his erect penis after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers. Constand told police she was semiconscious as he molested her.
So, Jackson, whose statement was issued to the court on November 20, 2016, permitted Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt to read what the jury may have considered compelling testimony.
The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
A judge ruled earlier that Jackson would not be able to testify because her statement would be considered hearsay. Constand was the director of operations for the Temple women's team. On Tuesday, the jury heard the officer say he told Constand he wanted "an initial account" and a "narrative of events". Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault, each with slightly different criteria for arriving at guilty verdict.
They had several questions for Judge Steven T. O'Neill through their deliberations. Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case. They say he sexually abused them decades ago, and then defamed them after they went public by having his agents deny the claims and brand them liars.
The verdict to be passed from the jury to the judge on the criminal case involving United States comedian, Bill Cosby, could depend on the interpretation of one word: knowledge.
Bill Cosby leaves 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. Constand took the stand to testify against Cosby. In that deposition, Cosby, according to testimony, admitted he obtained Quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex in the 1970s.
The jury has been weighing Cosby's fate for more than 24 hours over three days.
Cosby, once known as America's Dad for his portrayal of kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", told police he left Constand to sleep on the couch after their "romantic interlude" while he moved upstairs to his bedroom. At that point, they had already deliberated 21 hours without reaching a verdict. The defense also poked holes in Johnson's testimony, citing discrepancies in her recounting of the alleged incident. The entertainer did not take the stand at his trial, but prosecutors used his deposition testimony as evidence.
MacGregor said it's likely that they are arguing over what was said in the courtroom - and that may go to Constand's credibility.