Jury Taking Its Time in Bill Cosby Criminal Trial

Jun 14, 2017  •  Post A Comment

While the presentation of evidence wrapped up quickly in the sexual assault trial of legendary TV funny man Bill Cosby, jury deliberations have gone slowly, The New York Times reports, calling the case “the highest-profile celebrity trial since the O.J. Simpson case.”

“The jurors have asked the judge, Steven T. O’Neill, a number of questions, seeking clarification or a second run-through of the evidence,” The Times reports, noting that the jury returned today for its third day reviewing evidence. “Everyone waiting in the hallways has some opinion of how the panel is leaning, but no one really knows.”

Both Cosby and his accuser, Andrea Constand, spent much of Tuesday close to the courtroom, the report notes. Cosby is accused of drugging and assaulting Constand in 2004.

The jurors — five women and seven men — have been sequestered in a local hotel, 300 miles from their homes in Allegheny County.

“They were selected far from the site of the Cosby trial, the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., because of concerns about the effect of pretrial publicity,” The Times notes. “Pennsylvania judicial officials refused to detail the terms of their sequestration — whether, for example, they can have a laptop computer with them.”

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