The jury in the Cosby rape trial needs to understand that a woman’s consent is separate from a man’s intentions. - From The New Yorker
Everyone agrees that, on the night in question, Cosby invited Constand over to his home; that he gave her three pills; that he digitally penetrated her without obtaining any sort of affirmative consent; that he left her passed-out body on the couch and went to bed.
But Cosby is more than that; his own testimony suggests a pattern, the intention to incapacitate Constand, a consciousness of guilt.
On Tuesday, the jury asked to have a portion of a past deposition read out: in it, Cosby testified that he developed a “romantic” interest in Constand on the night he met her.
The challenge for the prosecution was to help the jury see that it doesn’t matter whether Constand and Cosby talked a lot, or whether Cosby gave her perfume and sweaters, if the facts are that, on the night in question, he drugged her with the intention to incapacitate her and initiate sex.
On Wednesday afternoon, the jury asked the court to revisit Constand’s testimony about that night.