Bill Cosby jurors ask: ‘What is consent?’
NORRISTOWN, Pa.— Jurors in Bill Cosby‘s sex assault retrial returned to the courtroom following less than two hours of deliberation Wednesday — with a question about consent.
“What is the legal definition of consent?” the panel of seven men and five women asked, via a note, about an hour and forty minutes after beginning to consider the evidence against Cosby.
“The jury will decide what consent means to them,” Judge Steven O’Neill told the jurors, saying there was no legal definition of consent he could give them other than what was included in the charge itself. “Use your common sense.”
The 80-year-old stands charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and molesting former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham, Pa., home in Jan. 2004.
The three charges apply to three separate aspects of Constand’s accusation against Cosby.
The 45-year-old testified she was unable to consent after Cosby allegedly drugged her and then sexually assaulted her. Whether or not Constand consented to the encounter is the first count of the criminal complaint against the entertainer.
A jury last year was unable to return a verdict, and a mistrial was declared.
If convicted, Cosby faces up to ten years behind bars on each count.
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