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Bill Cosby Jury Drills Down on His Deposition Testimony


The 79-year-old pioneering black comedian risks spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine, following one of America's biggest celebrity trials in years. Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where she worked as director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees. She settled her lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 for an undisclosed sum, though jurors did not hear about that case.

After around four hours of deliberations on Monday, which continued over dinner and past nightfall, the seven-man, five-woman panel were sent back to the hotel where they are being sequestered after failing to reach a verdict. As Cosby's trial came to a close and jury deliberations began Monday, Cosby's accuser in this case, Andrea Constand, has also received a lot of attention.

Constand, however, testified that she took them only after Cosby intimated they were herbal and that the drugs left her unable to resist his assault.

Each of the three counts carries a standard sentence range of 5 to 10 years in prison, but that doesn't mean Cosby could be facing up to 30 years. Bill Cosby is an easy target, able to stand in for all the men who might have mistreated us in a distant past, and a cautionary tale to those college frat boys who might take advantage when we lie supine and drunk on the floor in the future.

Brian constantly bashed the victim, making her out to be someone who, although was in a consensual relationship with the actor, is now jumping at the opportunity to get money and attention, and someone who is definitely not honest!

One section of the deposition the jury has not asked to review is the excerpt where Cosby says that in the 1970s, he gave Quaaludes to women for sex.

Constand, 44, testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with her fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious.

Jurors asked about the phrasing Tuesday morning during their sixth hour of deliberations, but Judge Steven O'Neill said he couldn't define it for them. Constand - then an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.

The alleged assault that sparked the charges took place in early 2004 after Cosby invited Constand to his home to discuss her career plans.

They told the judge they wanted the "full context" of Cosby's testimony about the pills he gave to Constand, which he had described to her as "friends".

He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, tried to sow doubt about Constand's story, saying it had evolved during her interviews with police.

Cosby testified under oath more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil suit against him.

Monday's closing arguments from both sides concluded after six days of testimony. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger - perhaps quaaludes.

These related to the number and type of sexual contacts Mr Cosby claimed to have with Ms Constand as well as his description of the night in question.

Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor had declined to charge Cosby when she first came forward in 2005. A year later, according to Jackson, Constand quit Temple, moved back to her native Canada and reported the Cosby assault to police. They said the charges were filed too late. Victim blaming of those who report sexual assault is not only cruel and unfair to the victim, but also further entrenches the notion that people should not report their assaults, since they may subsequently be blamed for them.

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