Cosby jury reviews accuser's testimony amid deliberations


Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam has refused to turn her back on Bill Cosby, the man who made her a household name and is, incidentally, now awaiting the verdict of his near career-damaging rape trial.

Attorney Michael Bressler, who has been watching the trial proceedings, said long deliberations, in general, could be an indication that an ongoing debate is happening behind the closed doors as jurors take "issue with some of the facts".

Cosby has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, but no minimum. 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.

After they were served dinner (hot stromboli), the jury asked for a read-back of excerpts from the testimony of Richard Schaffer, the local police detective who interviewed Cosby in 2005 about what accuser Andrea Constand said Cosby did to her in his nearby home in 2004.

For the third straight day, the jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is set to deliberate whether the comedian sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.

The defense savaged Constand's credibility and painted their relationship as one that involved many meetings, and saw her call the star 53 times after the incident. He says they were lovers and their encounter was consensual. Kelly Johnson testfied that she was drugged and assaulted in 1996 so prosecutors could establish a pattern.

The Rev. Andrew F. Kline, a vicar of a historic black church in Norristown who stopped by the courthouse steps Wednesday to check out the scene, said his congregation is "absolutely" talking about the case given Cosby's place in their lives. James Reape to the stand, June 8 where he began pouring over the controversial statements that Mr. Cosby made during a deposition in the civil case settled in 2006 between the comedian and Ms. Constand.

She said that she will accept whatever verdict the jury delivers.

The jurors, who appeared tired, were dismissed by Judge Steven O'Neill around 9 p.m. and returned to their hotel.

Jurors have deliberated some 21 hours since getting the case Monday. "That's really what happens when you have a he-said-she-said case". Cosby then placed her on the couch and sexually assaulted her without her consent, she said.

Nationally known jury expert Melissa Gomez, author of Jury Trials Outside In, says, "First, they could be very carefully reviewing the evidence to assure they feel that they have made the right decision". Constand testified that Cosby offered her "three friends" to help relax, saying they were an herbal medication.

"I'm going to have to cross that bridge when I come to it", she said.

Jury deliberations have entered a third day in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.

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