Jury in Bill Cosby trial begins second day of deliberations, submits another question to judge

The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual-assault trial convened Tuesday for its second day of deliberations.

Jurors had asked a question before adjourning the previous night regarding portions of a civil deposition Cosby gave more than a decade ago that had been read during the trial.

On Tuesday morning, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill re-read those sections, which cover when Cosby first met Andrea Constand through the night several years later when he gave her pills and, she alleges, assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Cosby looked engaged as the testimony was re-read and even seemed to smile hearing a joke he had made about why he had given Constand a particular phone number. When the judge finished, the jury retired to the deliberation room in the Norristown courthouse.

Cosby is facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault for an incident at his home in January 2004 involving Constand, a former Temple University basketball staffer. She alleges she was drugged and “frozen” during the encounter, which involved digital penetration. Cosby said in the deposition that the encounter was consensual.

The jury Tuesday morning also asked the judge to define “without the knowledge” of the victim in the sexual-assault count pertaining to the administering of an intoxicant.

The question appeared to address whether that would also include someone who voluntarily took pills without asking what they were, as Cosby said happened. (Constand testified that she had asked what the pills were and he had told her they were herbal, when they were in fact either Benadryl or something stronger.)

Meanwhile, the Cosby team released a statement from Marguerite Jackson, who for the last 30 years has worked as a student advisor at Temple. The statement said that when Constand was at the university, she had told Jackson she had not been sexually assaulted by a well-known personality but could claim she was to win money in a civil suit.

“Her response was that it had not happened but she could say it happened and file charges, file a civil suit and get the money,” Jackson’s statement said. Constand did not identify the personality as Cosby.

The statement was released by Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt during a lunch break. Jackson was sought as a witness by the defense but was rejected by O’Neill on hearsay grounds after Constand testified she did not know her.

Jurors on the sequestered panel are from the Pittsburgh area. O’Neill had made clear that returning jurors home is a priority and has suggested he would encourage them to deliberate late into the evening so they can finish in a reasonable amount of time.

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UPDATES:

10:40 a.m.: This article was updated with another question from the jury and a statement released by Cosby’s spokesman.

This article was originally published at 9:25 a.m.

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