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Bill Cosby sexual assault trial: Jury to deliberate for third straight day

Inside, four other women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault sat waiting near the courtroom where the trial unfolded.

Around 60 women came forward to publicly accuse Cosby in recent years of being a serial sexual predator alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years in cities across the United States.

The case was handed to the jury on Monday evening (12Jun17), and during the third day of deliberations on Wednesday (14Jun17), Pulliam appeared on US breakfast show Today to further discuss her reasons for publicly backing Cosby, who pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The seven-man, five-woman panel will return to court in Norristown, Pennsylvania to resume their deliberations on Wednesday. "That does not mean that a verdict that takes several days will be a good thing for him, but if the jury takes time deliberating that means they are discussing reasonable doubt and if they can believe the complainant".

Cosby refused to testify and his lawyers called just one witness, a police detective, before resting their case minutes later on Monday.

On Friday, he took to the steps to float the idea that Cosby might testify when the defence case opened Monday.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Cosby is charged with assaulting Constand without her consent, assaulting her while she was unconscious and assaulting her with drugs to make her unable to consent. Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted.

Incidentally, Constand's version of what Cosby supposedly did to her while on prescription Quaaludes in 2004, as documents from a 2005 deposition between Andrea and the actor revealed, as CNN shared, mirrored that of almost 60 other women's experiences with the entertainer between 1965 and 2008, according to Rolling Stone. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger- perhaps Quaaludes, a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the 1982.

Jackson said that she asked Constand if she had filed charges. They have worked for over six hours Wednesday.

That was followed by a fiery broadside from Constand's civil attorney, Dolores Troiani, who said the witness' claims were untrue. A verdict had yet to be reached at press time. "Once a mistrial has been declared", said Fitzpatrick, "the prosecution will have to decide whether they will retry the case before a new jury, negotiate a new plea offer or withdraw the case".

If Cosby is found guilty, Pulliam said she would be "disappointed", adding, "I'm gonna have to just cross that bridge when I come to it".

The Reading Eagle typically does not identify alleged victims in sexual assault cases but Constand has given media outlets permission to use her name.

Cosby's lawyers have argued that Ms Constand was Cosby's willing lover before she fabricated her account of the assault as a way of getting to his money.


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