Growing frenzy outside court as Cosby deliberations wear on

Anita Tucker
June 22, 2017

At the time, a 30-year-old director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees, she said the assault left her "humiliated" by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor.

The judge praised them for being remarkably conscientious as they consider three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault that could put Cosby in prison for the rest of his life.

Incidentally, Constand's version of what Cosby supposedly did to her while on prescription Quaaludes in 2004, as documents from a 2005 deposition between Andrea and the actor revealed, as CNN shared, mirrored that of almost 60 other women's experiences with the entertainer between 1965 and 2008, according to Rolling Stone.

The jurors, who were selected in Pittsburgh even though the trial took place outside Philadelphia in Norristown, Pennsylvania, will resume on Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET. They are still ongoing at this time.

The jurors have re-examined both Cosby's and Constand's versions of the night in question, with particular focus on the pills that he gave her before the sexual encounter began.

Jurors made the request to have portions of Andrea Constand's testimony read back to them after deliberating about 21 hours without reaching a verdict in a case that has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy reputation.

Judge O'Neill denied Cosby's lawyers a chance to call Jackson as a witness, saying that her testimony was hearsay.

Cosby maintained that Constand was a willing sexual partner and she hid the fact that the two had a romantic relationship.

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Constand's is the only criminal case against him as under U.S. law, most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger- perhaps Quaaludes, a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the 1982. "He's been upbeat", she said.

Nellie Fitzpatrick, a former Philly D.A. who prosecuted many rape cases during her career, and who now runs her own firm, provided some legal context into what may realistically happen next. But there were inconsistencies used by the defence to undermine Constand's credibility-details of the evening; Constand telling police she'd never been alone with Cosby before.

He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness.

Cosby's lawyers argued that he and the woman, Andrea Constand, were lovers and that the encounter was consensual.

The panel chose 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.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. If convicted, he will be required to register as a sex offender.

Cosby greeted onlookers while exiting his sport utility vehicle at the Montgomery County courthouse on Wednesday, and an aide to the 79-year-old entertainer carried a pillow in preparation for what could be another long day. Attorney Gloria Allred confirmed that a civil case against Cosby is scheduled to start later this month in California.

His wife Camille walked into court with him on Monday, her first appearance at the trial.

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