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Entertainment Bill Cosby retrial: Deliberations resume after hearing defense star witness testimony

20:10  26 april  2018
20:10  26 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Cosby judge pushes back against defense demand he step aside

  Cosby judge pushes back against defense demand he step aside The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is pushing back at the defense's demands that he step aside because his wife is a social worker and advocate for assault victims. Judge Steven O'Neill told a pretrial hearing on Thursday that rulings he's made that went against Cosby aren't evidence he's being influenced by his wife's work. Cosby's lawyers say they were compelled to ask for O'Neill's recusal after a series of adverse rulings. O'Neill has yet to decide on the request. O'Neill said Thursday that Cosby's old lawyers raised the prospect of having him step aside in December 2016, but never followed through.

Chief accuser Andrea Constand took the stand Monday as Bill Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau scoured a binder full of her police statements and prior testimony for inconsistencies. (April 16) AP.

Bill Cosby on Thursday after he was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial in Norristown, Pa. He is.” The defense ’s star witness was a veteran academic adviser at Temple who said Ms. Constand Perhaps most damaging to Mr. Cosby , was the testimony from five other women who told jurors they

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual-assault retrial resumed for a second day Thursday after the jury listened to nearly an hour of read-back testimony by Cosby's star defense witness, who sought to raise doubts about the credibility of main accuser Andrea Constand.

The seven men and five women of the jury spent hours deliberating on the first day on Wednesday, but also sent out multiple questions and requests for read-backs of statements and testimony.

Cosby lawyers ask for juror to be removed

  Cosby lawyers ask for juror to be removed One of the jurors selected this week for Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial should be removed for making a comment indicating the TV icon is guilty, according to defense lawyers. They say it shows the juror may not be fair and impartial. A motion filed late Friday afternoon says the man, who was elected as Juror 11, said, "I just think he's guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here," during the jury selection process. Another prospective juror, who was ultimately not selected, says she heard the comment while a small group of jurors were waiting be individually questioned by the judge, the defense says.

Key Defense Witness Takes Stand at Bill Cosby Retrial . In her testimony , Constand told the jury that she left Temple shortly after Cosby assaulted her and returned home to Cosby ’s first trial ended in June when a different jury deadlocked on all charges after more than 50 hours of deliberations .

Bill Cosby retrial , Day 7: Jury hears his lurid testimony about alleged sexual encounter. In his 2005 civil deposition, Cosby graphically Cosby 's defense team has argued that he and Constand had a romantic and social relationship. The deposition testimony , which was also introduced to the jury in

Before retiring for the night shortly after 9 p.m Wednesday., the jury asked that the first item of business the next morning be a review of testimony by Cosby witness Marguerite Jackson, a former friend and colleague of Constand who claims Constand spoke to her about framing a celebrity with false accusations and then suing to extract millions.  The reading of Jackson's testimony took 57 minutes.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Constand, a former Temple University administrator who says he drugged and molested her at his nearby home in January 2004. Cosby says the encounter was consensual and that he only gave her over-the-counter allergy medicine.

To convict him on the first two charges, the jury must conclude that Cosby penetrated her genitals with his fingers or other body part for a purpose other than a medical, hygienic or law-enforcement purpose (such as a rape kit) and did so knowingly and without obtaining consent.  The third count also requires that they determine that she Constand unable to give consent because she was impaired by drugs.

Ohio State revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree amid retrial

  Ohio State revokes Bill Cosby's honorary degree amid retrial Ohio State University has revoked an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby when he spoke at commencement in 2001. The decision comes as the 80-year-old comedian faces retrial next week in a sexual assault case over a 2004 encounter that he says was consensual. Ohio State says Cosby violated the university's principles and values. This is the first time Ohio State has revoked an honorary degree. It adds to the list of schools that have revoked honorary degrees for the comedian in the past few years.Cosby's retrial involves a woman who says he drugged and assaulted her in 2004. Cosby says the encounter was consensual.His first trial ended in a hung jury.

Bill Cosby ’s retrial stemming from accusations made by Andrea Constand went to the jury after Cosby ’s initial trial in the matter ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a The jury’s request to hear the testimony again was denied. During the retrial , Cosby ’s defense

(Reuters) - Jurors deliberating the fate of comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday asked to hear once again the testimony of the star defense witness and Actor and comedian Bill Cosby leaves court after a day of deliberations in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in

Cosby's first trial on the charges last summer ended in a mistrial when that jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in five days of deliberations and Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial.

The testimony part of the retrial lasted more than twice as long as at the first. The jury at the first trial spent significant amounts of time outside the jury room and in the courtroom, asking the judge questions or seeking read-backs of testimony. The retrial jury's initial deliberation pattern seems to be following suit.

O'Neill also unveiled a surprise for the six alternate jurors, who also are being sequestered at a local hotel: they will get an hour with the courthouse comfort dog, a red fox Labrador named Turks, before being sent back to their hotel.

O'Neill also said he planned to meet with the alternates to "let them know they're still important."

After O'Neill mentioned the dog, Cosby stood up at the defense table and made a comical, barking-like motion with his mouth.

Contributing: Associated Press

Yale yanks Bill Cosby's honorary degree after sex-assault conviction .
Revoking Cosby's honorary degree is a first for Yale since it was founded in 1701.Yale announced Tuesday that the university's board of trustees had voted to rescind the honorary degree it awarded Cosby in 2003.

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