If convicted, Cosby could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for each count of aggravated indecent assault he faces. Both Cosby and Constand were in the Norristown, PA courtroom when the jury came in to listen to the judge this morning.
All eyes were on the jury as day four of deliberations dragged into Thursday evening in the ongoing Bill Cosby sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
While there have been no clear indications on the progress of the deliberations, the jurors did ask to relisten to Constand's testimony, in which she describes being given the pills, and asked for clarifications on the legal meaning of "without her knowledge" by Wednesday afternoon.
Cosby left the courthouse shortly afterward.
Cosby allegedly drugged and raped Bernard before her guest star appearance on "The Cosby Show" in 1992, Bernard told The Temple News.
A new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury.
At the start of the deliberations, the jurors also wanted to revisit Cosby's old descriptions of his relationship with Constand and the testimony of the Canadian police officer who took down Constand's initial report back in 2005. Cosby has said he gave Constand the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before their sexual encounter at his home in 2004. The entertainer, who at the time served on the Philadelphia university's board of trustees, says their intimate encounter was consensual.More news: Britain shifts focus to growth as it girds for Brexit talks
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If convicted, Cosby would also be obligated to register as a sex offender. Cosby was once an A-list celebrity who starred in T.V. Shows, made movies and was a top rated comic.
Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.
The 11th juror selected, a black man in his 30s, had been a juror in a prior criminal case.
According to Constand, on the night of the alleged assault she complained of tension and trouble sleeping while visiting Cosby to discuss her pursuit of a career in sports broadcasting.
Stuart Slotnick, a NY criminal defense attorney who has been following the case, told USA Today, "A quick verdict will not be a good thing for Cosby". Many were chanting and holding signs reading "Free Mr. Cosby". If they continue to disagree, however, the judge would call a mistrial. She read a prayer before telling Cosby's supporters what she says he did to her. The third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals. The Constand case is the only known instance in which the statute of limitations had not expired.
The jurors, who have deliberated for more than 40 hours, asked O'Neill on Friday to reread portions of the sworn depositions Cosby gave during Constand's civil lawsuit in 2005 and 2006, when he described the night in question.
The jury consists of seven men and five women, who have requested recently for the full context of quotes Cosby gave in a deposition, in which he talked about the pills he gave Constand.