8 Questions the Jury Has Had In the Bill Cosby Trial
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 6/16/2017, 1:49 p.m.
By Lawrence Crook III, Madison Park and Eric Levenson
NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- During more than 41 hours of deliberations so far, jurors in Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial have asked eight questions.
Three of them pertain to wanting to review what Cosby said and another two are about the testimony of his accuser, Andrea Constand. The jurors also asked the court to define a phrase in one of the charges, to define "reasonable doubt," and to rehear what a detective had testified to about Cosby's interview with police in 2005.
Cosby is accused of drugging and assaulting Constand, who was then the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team. She says the incident happened at Cosby's home near Philadelphia in January 2004.
The comedian faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge.
Cosby, 79, pleaded not guilty to the three counts.
When the trial started in June 5, the jury of seven men and five women were bused in from Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and have since been sequestered in a hotel.
They began deliberating Monday evening and will resume deliberations Thursday morning.
These are the eight questions the jury asked:
Question 1: Can we see in Mr. Cosby's testimony the part where he called the pills his "friends?" We need to see the whole context.
The jurors asked for a reading of part of Cosby's deposition from more than a decade ago in which he described giving pills to Constand on the night of the alleged sexual assault in 2004.
The drugs he gave Constand were over-the-counter Benadryl, he had said. Cosby had called the pills "friends."
"'I have three friends for you to make you relax,'" Cosby said, recalling during the deposition what he'd told Constand.
Constand reported the incident to police in 2005, a year after the alleged incident. At the time, the district attorney declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence.
Constand sued in civil court, and Cosby provided a sworn deposition in which he said he had engaged in consensual sexual activity with Constand -- and that he had obtained Quaaludes in order to give them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
That civil suit was settled in 2006, and the Cosby deposition was sealed until 2015. The unsealed deposition was central to Cosby's ongoing criminal case.
Question 2: We would like to see evidence from C-27 -- C43.
Commonwealth exhibits 27 through 43 comprise a wider portion of Cosby's deposition from more than a decade ago.
Among the topics covered in these portions of the deposition:
-- How Cosby met Constand, and when he developed a romantic interest in her.
-- Cosby's description of what he says was a romantic encounter with Constand before the night of the alleged assault.
-- Cosby's description of what he says happened on the night of the alleged assault. That includes all the testimony covered in Question 1.