No verdict Tuesday in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

No verdict Tuesday in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

O’Neill ordered the sequestered jury, which was selected in Pittsburgh, to return to court at 9 a.m. Wednesday to resume deliberations.

Jurors appeared exhausted and spent when they chose to call it quits late Tuesday after about 16 hours of deliberations.

Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby had drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges.

The jury is weighing three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby, each carrying a maximum 10-year sentence.

Jurors have returned several times over the past two days with questions for Judge Steven T. O’Neill and requests to re-hear testimony, including excerpts from Cosby’s 2005 civil deposition and Constand’s initial statement to Canadian police. The wait for the jury to return a verdict doesn’t appear to be bothering him at all.

Members of the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Woman were also present outside the courthouse carrying signs reading, “Stand With Survivors” and “Thank You Andrea”.

Cosby is being charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. “I wanted it to stop”. “You probably want it on one level, as a celebrity”.

Visitors to the courthouse who had business to attend to seemed awed by the crush of media surrounding the main entrance to the courthouse. They cast Cosby as an unfaithful husband – but not a criminal. Bill Cosby let out a huge yawn.

The defense argues that Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played the star’s daughter Rudy on “The Cosby Show” and escorted him to court on the first day of trial, said he remains “upbeat”.

McMonagle said that the truth should not be ignored. That same day, the jury asked to hear read-backs of police testimony about Cosby’s 2005 interview with police at his attorney’s NY law office. Between the former Montgomery County district attorney’s 2005 decision not to charge Cosby and other factors, the grounds for appeal could increase with a hung jury.

Constand’s is the only criminal case against him as under United States law, most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute.

Prosecutors have tried to portray Cosby as a serial predator, calling a second woman, Kelly Johnson, to testify that he sexually assaulted her in 1996 and showing jurors his deposition testimony in which he admitted giving young women sedatives in the 1970s.

Cosby’s calls because they concerned the women’s basketball team of Temple University, where he was a member of the board of trustees and she was the director of team operations.

Prosecutors say his prior use of Quaaludes shows that Cosby had knowledge of what he was doing when he gave her the pills. Constand – an athletic, 6-foot-tall basketball staffer – believes it was something stronger, saying they made her overly exhausted and unable to say no to or fight his advances.