Cosby jurors wrestling with verdict

Cosby jurors wrestling with verdict

Cosby jurors wrestling with verdict

For all the ways the judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has streamlined the case inside the courtroom, the frenzy outside grows larger and wilder each day of jury deliberations. The defense teased the idea of calling Cosby to the stand, but chose not to in the end. The 79-year-old legendary entertainer, once loved by millions as "America's Dad", risks being sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Over the course of the trial, the prosecution presented 12 witnesses in its case, while the defense called just one, alleging that the sexual-abuse allegations against Cosby are false, and that he and Constand enjoyed a consensual relationship.

Constand was challenged by Angela Agrusa, one of Cosby's attorneys. "I wasn't shocked since, this was exactly what Andrea said she could do, and so she did". "I pray for him".

There would be other consequences to a conviction, as well.

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In the civil deposition, Cosby admitted that he had previously obtained prescriptions for Quaaludes, a powerful sedative, with the intention of giving the drugs to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

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. O'Neill would rule on the next steps. "But perhaps the length of deliberation simply reflects the fact that the jury is doing a thorough and thoughtful review and discussion of the issues". Any deadlocked verdict count is dropped, as it would be with a not guilty verdict, but the D.A. could refile the same count for future prosecution.

As the jury decides Bill Cosby's fate, the now tarnished comedic actor addressed media, onlookers and fans assembled outside the Philadelphia municipal court building. The investigation initially was undertaken by former District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who in February 2005 determined there was insufficient and unreliable evidence to prosecute Cosby, who was 67 at the time. As Cosby walked past the assembled paparrazi, he opened his mouth and finally released the words everyone was so eager to say. The comedian said in depositions that he gave her the common allergy drug Benadryl and insisted the encounter was consensual.

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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.

"In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen and those [mental] messages didn't get there and I was very limp, so I wasn't able to fight him anyway", she said.

"I'm going to have to just cross that bridge when I come to it". In that case, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry the TV star or drop the charges.

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