Four enigmatic requests from Bill Cosby's jury

Carla Harmon
June 25, 2017

The 12-person panel spent 11 hours in deliberations on Tuesday, with several pauses throughout the day to request testimony and clarification from the court. They were brought in from Allegheny County (near Pittsburgh) and were sequestered in a hotel. If convicted of these charges, Mr. Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The jury failed to reach a verdict Tuesday in Cosby's case and will continue deliberating Wednesday morning. She also said the assault took place after she'd returned to Cosby's home with him after a dinner at a restaurant with some others in March 2004. One required the jury to find that Constand could not "consent", another that she was "unconscious", and a third that Cosby "administered an intoxicant".

Cosby's lawyers say Constand's initial report was inconsistent with her later statements. This was a damning exchange in which Cosby testified he told Andrea Constand the three blue pills he gave her were "friends to help you relax".

The panel made a decision to stop Wednesday night after revisiting a police interview where the comedian acknowledged giving accuser Andrea Constand pills and fondling her at his suburban Philadelphia estate. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing. Obviously there is a bit of tea-leaves-reading here, but it does seem like the jurors are focusing on potential inconsistencies in Constand's story - something defense attorney Brian McMonagle pushed hard in his closing argument Monday. Gianna Constand, a health care professional, said she does not believe the pills were merely Benadryl as Cosby has previously stated.


Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

(Norristown) - The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has asked to rehear hours of Andrea Constand's testimony about the night she says the comedian drugged and violated her.

"Cosby's team is trying to plant seeds of doubt about this trial with his fans so they don't abandon him".

"Her response was that it had not happened but she could say it happened and file charges, file a civil suit and get the money", Jackson's statement said. In those interviews, Cosby admitted to sexual contact with Constand and said they had previously had a romantic encounter. She settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 for an undisclosed sum, though jurors did not hear about that case.


More than 50 women have come forward with decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct in recent years, but Cosby's representatives have always maintained his innocence. "I just thought about it, how would I want to be treated if God forbid I was in that situation?"

Pulliam, who played Cosby's youngest daughter, Rudy Huxtable, on The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1982, has vocally supported the actor, 79, since he was accused of sexual assault by a multitude of women.

Ms Jackson stood by her account, saying in a phone interview that Cosby's lawyers were "going to say whatever they need to say". The hope was that jurors from outside Philadelphia would be more fair and impartial, and would not likely have any connections to Cosby's well-known philanthropy in the region. 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. "They may send out notice to the judge that they are deadlocked and can not reach a decision on one, some or all of the charges", said Fitzpatrick.


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