Famed litigator F. Lee Bailey explains how he'd take on Cosby case
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 6:47
USA comedian Bill Cosby's defence lawyers have rested their case after presenting a single, brief witness in his sexual assault trial. He had the hard task of stemming the momentum built by prosecutors during an intense week of testimony that included an emotional appearance by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball staffer who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004.
Constand, a 44-year-old former employee of the women's basketball program at Temple, testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with her fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious.
The trial will move to closing arguments if no defense witnesses are called.
The prosecution was expected to deliver its closing argument in the afternoon, and the jury could get the case later in the day.
"We're not flawless, are we?" he said, pausing and looking at Camille Cosby, 73.
McMonagle defended the good faith of his client, saying Cosby had agreed to speak at length to investigators in 2005 when he could have kept silent. Schaffer added that police knew of Cosby's vision issues for more than a decade.
"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", Steele said.
In his closing statement, McMonagle told jurors that Constand had changed her story after speaking with attorneys who specialize in sexual assault cases.
Prosecutors also called a second accuser, Kelly Johnson, who told jurors that Cosby sexually assaulted her in a similar manner in 1996.
Bill Cosby's accuser lied repeatedly when she claimed the performer sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, his lawyer told jurors on Monday at the close of his criminal trial.
Three pills that she took when he told her they were herbal, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. She said that he had given her a pill inside of a drink and that he had raped her after she had passed out.
In his closing argument, Steele argued that, although his team called witnesses to corroborate her story, Constand's testimony alone should be enough to convict Cosby.
Cosby's lawyers have pointed to dozens of phone calls Constand made to Cosby after the incident, as well as prior encounters in private at his home or at a casino hotel, suggesting Constand was pursuing a romantic relationship.
As he hammered at Constand's credibility, McMonagle zeroed in on Constand's initial report to police that the incident may have occurred March 16, 2004, comparing it against her later statements that the alleged sexual assault occurred months earlier. Cosby says any contact was consensual.
Just hours before the Bill Cosby defense team rested their case, prosecutors had already done the same.
The jury, picked in Pittsburgh and sequestered in suburban Philadelphia, also heard Cosby's own words about the 13-year-old encounter, via 2005 police interviews and a damaging deposition he gave in Constand's civil suit against him, which was settled in 2006.
A conviction could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life, completing the stunning late-life downfall of one of the most beloved stars in show business.
Andrea Constand-the only one of Cosby's many accusers to face the actor and comedian in court-testified that what she had thought were herbs turned out to be drugs that left her unable to move her arms or legs. She is the first family member to join him.
Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women, but he has always maintained his innocence.
Ahead of the trial, VICE News caught up with veteran litigator F. Lee Bailey, who participated in several notable and notorious trials during his career, and asked him how he would defend Cosby.