The Latest: Alternate Cosby jurors get time with comfort dog

Attorney Gloria Allred says the verdict in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case will be the “first test since the #MeToo Movement.” Allred spoke to media prior to heading inside...

Attorney Gloria Allred says the verdict in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case will be the “first test since the #MeToo Movement.” Allred spoke to media prior to heading inside the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Wednesday. (April 25)

Media: Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial says the six alternate jurors will get an hour with the courthouse comfort dog before being sent back to their hotel.

Judge Steven O’Neill said Thursday 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.

The alternate jurors are being kept away from the main panel of seven men and five women deliberating Cosby’s fate.

The jury spent an hour listening to a court stenographer read back the testimony of defense witness Marguerite Jackson before they resumed talks.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He says the woman consented.

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10:15 a.m.

Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial are having the testimony of the star defense witness read back to them.

The jury is back for Day 2 of deliberations. The panel of seven men and five women started its day Thursday by reviewing the testimony of Marguerite Jackson, who says Cosby’s chief accuser spoke of framing a celebrity for the money.

Jackson is an academic adviser at Temple University, where Constand worked as a women’s basketball administrator. Jackson testified that Constand told her she could fabricate sexual assault allegations and “get that money” from a lawsuit. Jackson’s testimony bolstered Cosby’s efforts to show Constand made up the allegations against him to extort a big civil settlement.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Constand in 2004. He says it was consensual.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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8:45 a.m.

Bill Cosby has arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse where jurors are deliberating in the comedian’s sexual assault retrial.

The 80-year-old Cosby arrived on Thursday and said “good morning” twice as he entered the courthouse.

The jury of seven men and five women will start their second day of weighing charges by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who cast doubt on accuser Andrea Constand’s credibility.

Marguerite Jackson’s testimony that Constand once spoke of framing a prominent person to score a big payday will be read back to the jury when court resumes.

The jurors completed a marathon, 10-hour session on Wednesday that failed to produce a verdict.

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12:25 a.m.

Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial are kicking off a second day of deliberations by revisiting the testimony of a star defense witness who cast doubt on accuser Andrea Constand’s credibility.

Marguerite Jackson’s testimony that Constand once spoke of framing a prominent person to score a big payday will be read back to the jury when court resumes outside Philadelphia on Thursday.

A marathon, 10-hour first day of deliberations failed to yield a verdict in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

The exhausted panel called it a night after rehearing excerpts from Cosby’s old deposition testimony, including his admission he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with in the 1970s.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

 

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