The Associated Press reports that the infamous Bill Cosby case has been handed to the jury, and is awaiting a verdict. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago in his suburban Philadelphia home.
Less than two hours after deliberating began, the jury asked the judge for the legal meaning of “consent.” The judge responded saying that Pennsylvania laws do not define consent and he couldn’t answer their question.
Closing arguments on Tuesday from the prosecution painted Cosby as a predator, while the defense told the court he was a victim of a “multimillion-dollar frame-up by a pathological liar.”
Cosby, now 80, is accused of taking advantage of victim Andrea Constand. She testified that he gave her three pills before molesting her in his home in 2004, and he testified that the encounter was consensual.
Jury members were allowed to hear testimony from five other women who Cosby allegedly drugged and violated as well. The judge told them they could use this testimony only to establish that Cosby exhibited a pattern of predatory behavior.
This trial comes after his initial one ending in a hung jury last year. The jury in that trial deliberated for six days. However, only one other accuser testified in that trial. Jurors from the first trial were also not privy to the information that Cosby reached a civil settlement with Constand in 2006 for $3.4 million.
Defense attorneys argued that Constand was accusing Cosby in order to get a big settlement. They were allowed to introduce a witness in this second trial who stated that Constand had talked about framing a famous person in the past.
Cosby faces a total of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each count carries up to 10 years in prison.
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