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As the jury at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial continued its deliberations Tuesday, the entertainer’s spokesman asserted that Cosby didn’t get a fair trial because a key defense witness was blocked from testifying.
Addressing reporters on the Norristown courthouse steps, spokesman Andrew Wyatt read what he said was a statement from Marguerite Jackson, a Temple University academic advisor, alleging that Constand told her she intended to set up Cosby.
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According to Wyatt, Constand told Jackson her plan was to “Get money, go to school and open up a business.” He said Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill would not let the defense call Jackson to the witness stand.
“This court has not given [Cosby] a fair and impartial trial,” Wyatt said. “That’s all we were looking for. Just a fair shot.”
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Wyatt said Cosby’s spirits were up and he had confidence in the jury. And late in the day Tuesday the panel was still wrestling with its decision.
After more than 10 hours of deliberating, the jurors returned to court asking to rehear trial testimony of the Canadian police officer who took Constand’s first statement to law enforcement in 2005. It was their fourth question for the judge in the two days of deliberations.
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Still, the public claim of an unfair trial before the panel has even rendered a verdict was one of the most unexpected turns in the weeklong trial.
In the statement read by Wyatt, Jackson contends she was in Rhode Island during a Temple University women’s basketball team trip when Constand served as team operations director. Both women were together when a television news report there aired about a suspect accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women, she said.
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Constand then remarked that “something similar” had happened to her, Jackson said. She told Constand she should have reported it.
“Her response was that it had not...
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