The charges against Bill Cosby and the sentences they carry

Toby Manning
June 14, 2017

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The jury is set to reconvene after deliberating for four hours Monday night. Prosecutors reopened a criminal investigation and filed charges in 2015 after Cosby's deposition in the woman's 2005 lawsuit was unsealed, and they realized the 12-year statute of limitations for felony sexual assault had not yet expired.

In a note Monday evening, the jury foreperson said the jury was focused on Cosby's acknowledgement that he gave her the pills.

Bill and Camille Cosby, at right, arrive at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on June 12, 2017.

A USA jury will resume deliberations Tuesday on whether disgraced comedy legend Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a woman at his Philadelphia home more than 13 years ago, after failing to reach a verdict Monday.

The jury ended its second day of deliberations without reaching a decision on whether Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, quitting for the night around 9 p.m, WRAL-TV reported.

During the trial, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele alleged Cosby was a trusted friend and mentor who took advantage of a woman in a "vulnerable state", plied Constand with "three blue pills" and sexually assaulted her at his Cheltenham mansion in mid-January 2004.

Judge Steven O'Neil torpedoed the defence gambit, describing Jackson's statement as "hearsay".

For a second time in their deliberations, the jurors asked to revisit a portion of the deposition in which the comedian talked about giving Constand three pills, or "friends", to ease her tension and make her relax.

In the jury box, a middle-aged woman with red dyed hair-presumably the foreperson-turned to gauge the reaction of her fellow jurors.

Cosby, who turns 80 next month, left the courtroom in silence on the arm of his publicist Andrew Wyatt, who said the comedian is in good spirits.

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According to reports, jurors also heard evidence covering every aspect of the father of Fat Albert's relationship with Constand, the night of the alleged incident and why he gave her pills. And there was, in fact, one other witness that the defense wanted to call, a coworker of Constand's who had once given her some Advil.

The adverse ruling for Cosby continued a unusual trend in which O'Neill has repeatedly gone against requests made by the defense.

Constand, under the influence of the drugs and who briefly lost consciousness, could not and did not give consent, he said.

"She sat with her back to the kitchen wall", Cosby said. "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 fate of entertainer Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges is in the hands of a jury near Philadelphia, which began deliberations Monday.

"He never shuts up", lawyer Brian McMonagle said of his client in closing arguments Monday morning.

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

And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner.

He was not charged with any crimes at the time, but he did settle a civil suit with her out of court in 2006. "This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said of one phone call that lasted 49 minutes.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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