Bill Cosby’s Citizens’ Jury is nearing a verdict, but it has to start over

The jury entered Bill CosbyThe civil trial against him almost reached a verdict on Friday afternoon, but instead they will have to start their deliberations again on Monday morning.

The unusual turnaround occurred at the end of the second day of deliberations at the Santa Monica Supreme Court. the plaintiff, Judy HuttCosby is sued for allegedly harassing her at the Playboy mansion when she was 16 in 1975.

Jurors were asked to answer nine questions, including whether Cosby sexually harassed Hutt, whether she was under 18, whether Cosby had reason to know, and how much compensation she should be awarded.

At the end of the day on Friday, the jury informed Judge Craig Carlan that they had reached a verdict on eight of the issues. The only unanswered question was whether Cosby had acted with “malice, oppression, or deception” – which would cause punitive damages if answered “yes.”

Carlan initially said he would accept a partial sentence, but then changed his mind after a bailiff informed him that the courthouse would close for the day in a few minutes. Carlan said he did not have enough time to take the sentence and did not want to work overtime in the sheriff’s department.

Instead, jurors will resume the debate on Monday morning. But they will have to start discussions again – potentially erasing the sentences on the eight issues – because the leader had to apologize for a pre-planned trip. A deputy juror will take her place on Monday to take her place.

Hutt’s lawyers wanted the judge to take the partial sentence, as the way the sentence form was structured seemed to work in their favor.

Cosby’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjan, objected, saying the same 12 jurors had to decide all matters in the case. The judge disagreed, but in the end the defense got its favor because of the watch.

Nine of the 12 jurors have to agree on a verdict on each issue.

Earlier in the day, Carlan rejected Bonjan’s request for a lawsuit. Bonjan claims that Lily Bernard, a prosecutor in a separate civil case of Cosby, was seen walking with one of the jurors during a vacation. She claims Bernard appears to be involved in forging jurors. Bernard and the juror rejected any incorrect conversation, and the judge rejected the request.

The jurors also asked 10 questions to the judge, looking for definitions of different terms in the sentence form. At one point, they said they were finding it difficult to agree on the amount of compensation for the award. Bonjan seemed disappointed with what the questions revealed about the discussions, saying at least nine of them wanted to “punish” Cosby for his overall sexual behavior.

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