Cosby Jury Begins Second Day Of Deliberations

Rosalie Gross
April 27, 2018

If convicted, Cosby could be sentenced to up to ten years behind bars on each count.

Cosby has remained free on bail.

Cosby did not have an audible reaction to his conviction, but erupted shortly afterward.

Judge Steve O'Neill said he couldn't answer, telling jurors they were already given the definitions of the charges they were considering.

At that time, Gordon reports Cosby said aloud in the courtroom, "He doesn't have a plane you (expletive)".

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled that Cosby should not leave his Pennsylvania home, and that he would need to be fitted with a Global Positioning System tracking device.

The 14th day of America's first celebrity sexual assault trial in the #MeToo era got underway with the jury being read the testimony of Temple University academic adviser Marguerite Jackson. "He used his celebrity, he used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to help him hide his crimes".

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Cosby's attorneys said they were disappointed by the verdict and planned to appeal.

They also heard Cosby admitting he had obtained seven prescriptions of Quaaludes, a now banned 1970s party drug, from a Los Angeles doctor for back pain with a view to having sex with other women.

The trial bore all the bearings of a classic "he said, she said" so common to sexual assault trials. Witnesses for the prosecution in the retrial included five other women who also accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting them. Cosby has admitted that he and Constand had sexual contact in his house around 2004, but he has long maintained it was consensual. Other women who said Cosby sexually assaulted them left the courtroom in tears immediately after the verdict was announced. Jackson said she and Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss "kind of created" her statement "together".

A couple of months later, she told the court, she attempted to confront Cosby about it. "We are so happy that finally we can say women are believed". Cosby was a groundbreaking actor and the first African-American performer to win an Emmy for his role on "I Spy". In "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, he played the wise and witty Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the father of an affluent black family. "I feel like I'm dreaming".

Cosby's first trial ended when another panel of jurors was unable to return a verdict.

The jury worked more than 10 hours before calling it a night late Wednesday.

The Associated Press doesn't typically identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. Constand sued Cosby after prosecutors initially declined to file charges, settling with him for almost US$3.4 million over a decade ago. Dozens of accusers pointed to the transcript as vindication of their claims, and public pressure to file charges in Constand's case, which was still within the statute of limitations, increased.

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