SANTA MONICA, CA –
After two days of deliberation and ruling on nearly all of the questions ahead, jurors in a civil trial deciding on sexual abuse charges against Bill Cosby will have to start from scratch on Monday.
At the end of Friday’s court day, a Los Angeles County jury reached a consensus on whether Cosby sexually assaulted plaintiff Judy Huth at Playboy Mansion when she was 16 years old in 1975 and whether Huth deserved it. any damage or not. They all answered eight of the nine questions in their sentencing, all but one asking whether Cosby acted in a way that necessitated punitive damages.
Judge Craig Karlan, who promised a juror when she agreed to serve that she could leave after Friday to commit first, decided on objections of Cosby’s attorneys to accept and Read the verdict on the questions the jury answered. But he had to change course when deputies at the Santa Monica Courthouse showed up and asked him to clear the courtroom. Court has a mandatory 4:30 p.m. closing time because there is no budget for delegates’ overtime
Karlan declined a request that the departing juror, who has been selected as a foreman, return on Monday, so jurors will have to start over with a replacement to replace her.
Karlan said: “I will not take my word back.
It was a strange end to a day of strange jury deliberation. It began with a note to the judge about what he called a “personality issue” between two of the jurors that was making their job difficult.
After calling them to the courtroom and having them agree that all jurors would be heard in the deliberations, the jurors resumed, but with a constant stream of questions about problems with the verdict form. to which the judge and attorney must discuss and respond. A question arises as to how to calculate the damage.
After the lunch break, Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, moved to a false claim because a photo taken by a member of Cosby’s team showed a juror standing near Cosby’s accuser, who was sitting on stands and watch the trial.
Karlan said the photo didn’t show any conversation had taken place, and quickly dismissed the erroneous petition, receiving assurances from the jury, then the entire jury, that No one discussed the case with them.
The accuser, Los Angeles-based artist Lily Bernard, who filed a lawsuit against Cosby of New Jersey, declined to speak to any jurors.
“I never spoke to any jurors,” Bernard told the judge from his seat in the courtroom. “I would never do anything that jeopardizes this case. I don’t even look at them.”
Karlan fought to break through barriers and let jurors weigh in for as long as possible, while keeping lawyers, reporters and court staff in the courtroom ready to begin immediately after the verdict. was read, but ultimately to no avail.
The jurors began deliberation on Thursday morning after a two-week trial.
Cosby, 84, who was released from prison when his Pennsylvania criminal conviction was dropped nearly a year ago, did not attend. He denied any sexual contact with Huth in a clip from a 2015 video shown to jurors. The spokesman and his attorney repeated the denial throughout the trial.
In the controversial final arguments, Bonjean urged jurors to consider the public charges against Cosby and consider only the trial evidence, which she said did not come close to proving Huth’s case.
Huth’s attorney Nathan Goldberg told jurors Cosby must be held accountable for the harm he caused his client.
The Associated Press usually doesn’t name people who say they’ve been sexually abused unless they’ve made it public, as Huth and Bernard both have.