'Puffy' Trial: The PEOPLE Report

After two hours of legal instructions from New York State Supreme Court Justice Charles H. Solomon, jury deliberations in the Sean “Puffy” Combs trial began around noon Wednesday. “We’re pretty pleased with it,” Johnnie Cochran, one of Combs’s attorneys, referring to the seven-week trial itself, told PEOPLE outside the courtroom. Benjamin Brafman, another attorney of Combs’s, added, “Sean gave honest testimony. He simply told it from his perspective and told the truth.” After issuing his instructions, Judge Solomon explained to the jury the charges against Combs and his co-defendants, Jamal “Shyne” Barrow and Anthony “Wolf” Jones. (Barrow, a prot g of Combs’s, is charged with shooting three people in Club New York on Dec. 27, 1999. Jones, who was Combs’s bodyguard, faces the same possession and bribery charges as the rap mogul, who, if convicted, faces up to 15 years in prison.) The jurist also explained the definitions of intent, possession and physical injury as opposed to serious injury and depraved indifference. He then dismissed three of the alternate jurors, and told those remaining: “Make every effort to harmonize.” (One of the dismissed jurors, Aurora Garcia-Susana, 38, later told The New York Times that she didn’t think the prosecution had proved its case against the rap mogul.) At 2:40 p.m., the jury requested photos of Club New York, so they could inspect where the principals were was standing. The jury, which is sequestered, reportedly deliberated until 6:30, when members broke for the evening. Deliberations are to continue Thursday.

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