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Bill Cosby Trial Day 7: What to Expect

• The jurors deliberated for more than four hours Monday without reaching a verdict. They will be back at it on Tuesday.

• Mr. Cosby, 79, was at the courthouse for the whole day and did not leave until the jury was released around 9:30 p.m.

• Andrea Constand, who says Mr. Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004, sat in the front row of the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse for much of the day, listening to closing arguments.


The courthouse in Norristown, Pa., where Mr. Cosby’s sexual assault trial is taking place.

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It’s always tough to read a jury’s intentions.

One development of the deliberations on Monday was that the panel asked Judge Steven T. O’Neill to clarify the context under which Mr. Cosby had described the three pills he gave Ms. Constand as “little friends.” The judge read back a section of Mr. Cosby’s deposition testimony from a 2005 civil lawsuit filed by Ms. Constand in which he had used that phrase. It was unclear what the jurors were seeking to clarify, although the phrase had figured prominently in the prosecution’s closing argument.

Ms. Constand sued Mr. Cosby after prosecutors in 2005 decided not to bring charges against Mr. Cosby in connection with what Ms. Constand said had been a 2004 assault. The prosecutors revisited that decision in 2015 after Mr. Cosby’s deposition from that case surfaced and they read where he acknowledged having secured quaaludes in an effort to have sex with women.


Mr. Cosby arrived Monday for his sexual assault trial with his wife, Camille, at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

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Camille Cosby attended part of Monday’s proceedings.

Mrs. Cosby had not been in the courthouse for the first week, but showed up on Monday, smiling and walking with her husband outside. During closing arguments, Mr. Cosby’s lead lawyer, Brian J. McMonagle, made a point of emphasizing her attendance, calling attention as he chastised Mr. Cosby for infidelities at odds with his relationship with Mrs. Cosby, to whom he has been married for more than 50 years. She left during the afternoon and did not return.


Brian J. McMonagle, Mr. Cosby’s lead attorney.

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The judge gave the panel final instructions before sending them back to their hotel.

The panel was released at 9:30 p.m. and was told to be back at the courthouse to resume by 9 a.m. “They want to go home for the night,” Judge O’Neill said as he announced that the deliberations would end for the night.

The judge said he would normally have worked longer, but the jurors had been in the courtroom for 13 hours. He said the jurors, who are being sequestered for the duration of the trial, should not continue any discussions among themselves.

“No information out, no information in,” he said.

Mr. Cosby then retired for the night as well, looking weary as he was guided from the courthouse by his spokesman Andrew Wyatt. But he managed a smile on his way out.

As the courtroom emptied, Ms. Constand left too and greeted Barbara Bowman, another Cosby accuser who attended the proceedings on Monday.

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