The jury deliberating the fate of Bill Cosby asked Wednesday to review the testimony that accuser Andrea Constand gave on the stand about the alleged sexual assault.
Constand spent hours on the stand last week, and the judge and the attorneys reviewed 300 pages of transcript before choosing which sections the panel would hear again.
The request came on the third day of deliberations. The seven men and five women have worked behind closed doors for more than 21 hours, and had already made four previous requests to review testimony from both Cosby and Constand.
Jurors listened intently Wednesday as the court reporter read back excerpts that included Constand’s description of how Cosby molested her after her pills she says incapacitated her, as well as her admission that she provided the wrong date for the attack and mixed up other details in her initial interview with police.
Dennis McAndrews, a former Pennsylvania prosecutor who has been attending the trial, said the request could be encouraging to prosecutors because it suggests the jury is sharply focused on what happened between Constand and Cosby at his house in 2004.
“Where there’s inconsistencies, as a prosecutor you want the focus on when [the victim] is consistent. And when she was consistent was with the actual incident,” McAndrews said.
Defense attorneys have said the encounter was consensual and that Cosby and Constand were “in a relationship,” claiming they had sexual contact before the night in question and maintained phone contact afterward. The jurors’ requests, however, have centered on the night in question.
Cosby was in the courtroom when the judge announced the request but showed no reaction.
SOURCE: HANNAH RAPPLEYE and TRACY CONNOR