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Cosby jury asks for definition of reasonable doubt

  • Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Matt Slocum

  • Bill Cosby waves as he arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Matt Slocum

  • Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Matt Slocum

  • Andrea Constand returns to the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Pool Photo via AP) EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ

  • Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Matt Rourke

  • Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 16, 2017. (Lucas Jackson/Pool Photo via AP) LUCAS JACKSON



Associated Press
Friday, June 16, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Jurors considering the fate of Bill Cosby at his sexual assault trial asked for a definition of “reasonable doubt” on their fifth day of deliberations Friday, a day after telling the judge they were deadlocked on all charges.

The panel also reheard parts of Cosby’s lurid deposition testimony in which he acknowledged giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. Cosby gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of accuser Andrea Constand’s lawsuit against him.

The 79-year-old comedian is charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault over allegations that he drugged and sexually violated Constand, 44. A conviction could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

Jurors made the requests a few minutes after resuming deliberations Friday. They have been working for more than 40 hours since getting the case on Monday.

The TV star said in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s after telling his doctor he had a sore back. Cosby said he never took the sedative, preferring to keep it on hand for social situations.

“When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Cosby was asked.

“Yes,” he answered.

But he said he no longer had them when he met Constand in 2002 at Temple University.

Cosby, who owns a home in Shelburne, Mass., has said he gave Constand the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before their sexual encounter at his home two years later. Prosecutors have suggested he might have given her quaaludes, a highly popular drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S. in 1982.