Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

Blake Casey
June 14, 2017

After more than 16 hours of deliberations, a jury weighing the fate of entertainer Bill Cosby still had not reached a verdict Tuesday at his sexual assault trial in Montgomery County Court.

The seven men and five women from Allegheny County went back to their hotel Monday night after deliberating for four hours without reaching a verdict. If convicted in this Montgomery County court proceeding, he faces up to 10 years in prison on each count.

Prosecutors reopened the investigation in July 2015 after Cosby's deposition connected to a 2005 civil suit Constand filed against him was unsealed by a judge.

But when speaking about her career plans one night at his home, the sweater-wearing actor known as "America's Dad" gave her three blue pills that he said were herbal and would help her relax, she testified.

According to the deposition, as he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".

In closing statements, the prosecution portrayed the actor as a sexual predator who deliberately drugged 44-year-old Canadian Andrea Constand so she would be unable to resist his assault in January 2004.

Cosby, 79, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

Gianna Constand, the accuser's fiercely protective mother, testified that Cosby apologized over the phone to her and her daughter and offered to pay for her schooling.

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In a closing statement on Monday, defense attorney Brian McMonagle told jurors to acquit Cosby, saying that Constand had changed her story several times, highlighting the alleged inconsistencies.

Constand's lawsuit against Cosby had elicited four days of testimony from him about his sexual conduct with some of the other women.

Jurors reviewed more than a dozen passages from Cosby's deposition. His wife, Camille, attended for the first time on Monday. McMonagle said that evidence suggested Constand was talking to a "lover". Those depositions became the basis of the prosecution in this case, when the seal on them was lifted in 2015 and the prosecutors got wind that they included admissions by Cosby that the routinely got Quaaludes in the '70s with the express objective of incapacitating young women so that he could have sex with them. She said the Temple basketball director immediately recanted, then said she could make a false accusation, win a lawsuit and use the money to go to school and open a business.

The first question asked on Monday, just after 7:35 p.m., was in regards to what Mr. Cosby meant by know what the context was when Mr. Cosby said the pills were his friend - referring back to when Cosby called the Benadryl his "three little friends". "And I went upstairs and I went into my pack and I broke one whole one and brought a half down and told her to take it". The defense started and ended its case Monday with six minutes of repeat testimony from a detective. Another witness, Kelly Johnson, testified that she was the victim of a similar attack by the comedian in 1996.

The defense insisted Constand was a willing partner and said she hid the fact that the two had had a romantic relationship when she went to police a year after the alleged assault.

"They can still find a different form of justice, and that may be just having a voice and having their stories heard", said Jacobs.

Later outside on the courthouse steps, Constand's lawyer Dolores Troiani claimed that Jackson's statement was "absolutely not true". He confirmed that Constand had visited Cosby's room at a CT casino before the alleged attack.

But Constand's is the only criminal case against him as under United States statues of limitations. "I don't understand it".