Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial

June 17, 2017

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial ended Saturday in a mistrial after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

The sequestered jury of seven men and five women paused deliberations many times to revisit testimony or ask for clarity on the phrasing of the charges. Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. The 79-year-old comedian says the encounter was consensual.

What the jury asked to be reread or explained:



The full context of the portion of Cosby’s decade-old testimony in which he said he told Constand the pills he gave her, before their 2004 sexual encounter, were “friends.”

More than a dozen excerpts from Cosby’s deposition, including the “friends” comment and his acknowledgment that he’d gone “somewhere between permission and rejection” during a previous encounter with Constand.



The meaning of the phrase “without her knowledge” in one of the three counts against him. Judge Steven O’Neill told the jury he could not provide additional information.

Testimony from the Canadian officer who took the accuser’s first police statement, about a year after the sexual encounter.



The portion of Constand’s seven hours of trial testimony during which she talked about the night she says Cosby drugged and sexually violated her.

A 2005 police interview during which Cosby acknowledged giving her pills and fondling her, along with related testimony from the suburban Philadelphia detective who read it into the record.



The jury tells the judge that it “cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts.” Judge Steven O’Neill reads what’s known as a “dynamite” charge to remind them of their duty to try to find consensus, and he tells them to keep trying.



A definition of “reasonable doubt.”

About a dozen excerpts from Cosby’s deposition testimony in which he talks about obtaining quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.

The portion of Constand’s testimony where she talks about telephone calls she made to Cosby after she says he drugged and violated her. They withdrew a request for related phone records.

The portion of her mother’s testimony where she talks about a 2.5-hour phone conversation with Cosby, about a year after the alleged assault. In the call, Gianna Constand said Cosby apologized and described himself as a “sick man.”

A sliver of Gianna Constand’s testimony that the jury had just heard. O’Neill refused the request, telling the panel to use its collective recollection.

The brief testimony of Constand’s brother-in-law, Toronto police detective Stuart Parsons. He said he told her to tell the truth because “the truth is easy.” He drove Constand to her interview with suburban Philadelphia police in January 2005 and testified that he advised her and her mother to record any conversations with Cosby.

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