Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Cosby Trial: Judge Refuses To Hear Witness That Could Clear Bill Cosby

Cosby Trial: Judge Refuses To Hear Witness That Could Clear Bill Cosby

Jurors have deliberated for more than 21 hours since getting the case Monday. Trial jurors were said to have started the third day of deliberations on Wednesday.

Jurors are now well into their third day of deliberations in the trial of entertainer Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges.

Since the prosecution and the defense gave closing arguments Monday in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the jury has spent more than 13 hours behind closed doors examining the details of the case and requested that testimony be read back to them during deliberations. They asked the judge to repeat two parts of Cosby's statements to authorities, asked the court to define "without her knowledge" in one of the harges and asked to hear repeat testimony from the Canadian detective that interviewed Cosby's alleged victim.

The Cosby Show star, 79, has long maintained the sex he had with Constand, now 44, was consensual. Numerous other women's cases against Cosby can no longer be heard as the statute of limitations for prosecution has run out, Constand's case being the only one leading to a criminal charge. The defense also poked holes in Johnson's testimony, citing discrepancies in her recounting of the alleged incident. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and has repeatedly denied similar claims from numerous other women.

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

Currently, seven women have defamation suits pending in MA, while three more have defamation or sexual battery suits pending in California.

Prosecutors rejected filing a case against Cosby based on Goins' allegations, which they said investigators could not corroborate. Things happen, but in no way is that condoning sexual assault.

Jurors began their second day of deliberations Tuesday by hearing more from Cosby's deposition testimony.

"Knowing Mr. Cosby is to know that he's a comedian and there's always that kind of sense of laughter", she added. Cosby's lawyers, meanwhile, allege that she is a former lover who fabricated her account in a bid to extort their client for money. Cosby replied: "Because they might help take some of the stress and tension away". "I did when I was a kid", said Roland Jennings, a 66-year-old black man who drove about 20 miles from West Chester to wait for the verdict. Cosby has given a sealed deposition in the case.

Constand sat in the courtroom gallery's front row throughout the reading, her face set without expression and her eyes locked on the jury seated in front of her - a sharp contrast from the beaming smile and warm hug she offered Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden upon her arrival in the courtroom earlier in the day.

In late 2014, dozens of women went public with accusations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them over the course of his lengthy comedic career.

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