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Growing frenzy outside court as Cosby deliberations wear on

Growing frenzy outside court as Cosby deliberations wear on

(David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool). Andrea Constand, right, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017.

In each instance, the jury was read-back testimony the'd previously heard during the almost six-day trial.

Jurors quit for the night around 9 p.m. Tuesday. They'll resume Wednesday morning. "Under questioning from Constand's lawyer taking the deposition, Cosby said: "No, I didn't say 'Go to sleep.'" Why are you putting words in my mouth?" In July 2015, a judge unsealed Cosby's deposition in that 2006 civil lawsuit.

The jury has deliberated a total of about 16 hours over two days.

Andrea Constand, left, waits for her mother, Gianna Constand, center, outside the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

They spent Tuesday studying what the TV star said happened inside his suburban Philadelphia home and how he characterised his relationship with his accuser. For example, she said the assault that occurred at his Cheltenham home was the only time she was ever alone with Cosby.

Constand says she was drugged during the encounter, which involved digital penetration.

The defense had tried repeatedly since Cosby's December 30, 2015, arrest to have the case shut down. Hours before retiring for the night, they asked the court to reread the testimony of Canadian Detective Dave Mason. She also said the assault took place after she'd returned to Cosby's home with him after a dinner at a restaurant with some others in March 2004.

Though dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, only Constand's accusations led to criminal charges.

The judge ruled Jackson's testimony was inadmissible hearsay.

Jackson says Constand once told her she'd been drugged and sexually assaulted.

The defense insisted Constand was a willing partner and said she hid the fact that the two had had a romantic relationship when she went to police a year after the alleged assault.

Constand said on the witness stand she didn't know Jackson.

Constand either lied to police or committed perjury - regardless, the jurors must decide which truth, or lie, to believe.

Wyatt released the statement just moments after jurors asked the judge to define the phrase "without her knowledge" as it applies to one count of aggravated indecent assault while delivering an intoxicant. The third count covers Cosby's alleged use of pills to impair Constand before groping her breast and genitals.

Jurors in the Bill Cosby sex assault case have adjourned after considering charges that could send the comedian to prison for the rest of his life.

Jurors began their second day of deliberations Tuesday by hearing more from Cosby's deposition testimony. Although the jury was behind closed doors for most of today, they did come out with three questions - adding to their one inquiry of Monday.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand in 2004. Prosecutors have suggested the pills he gave Constand might have been the powerful sedative and not the over-the-counter allergy medicine.

Besides asking for evidence, the jurors also sought clarification from the judge about a nuance of the charges against the 79-year-old comic legend. He says the encounter with 44-year-old Andrea Constand was consensual.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt has been a central part of the show outside the courthouse. Several members of the jury of seven men and five women looked exhausted as they filed into court around 9:20pm to be dismissed for the night. The investigation initially was undertaken by former District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who in February 2005 determined there was insufficient and unreliable evidence to prosecute Cosby, who was 67 at the time.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will start its second day of deliberations by hearing more of Cosby's testimony in the accuser's related lawsuit.

Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender.


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