Why Keshia Knight Pulliam Is Supporting Bill Cosby
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 12:42
After about a one-hour delay to determine which portions of Constand's testimony would be read, the court reporter read back the testimony. Deliberations began Monday night and ran all the way through this morning. They are looking at the facts and evidence regarding 'consent, ' and they were reviewing the deposition section regarding the manner in which the defendant Cosby used drugs to deal with women.
Cosby did not testify during the trial but prosecutors introduced his account of the incident through sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 during a civil lawsuit filed by Constand, a former administrator of the women's basketball team at Cosby's alma mater Temple University.
If they find Cosby guilty, Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who has presided over the case, would be expected to hand down a sentence within 60 to 90 days - though the defense is likely to appeal any conviction.
Mr. Cosby said Ms. Constand often wasn't thinking clearly and he believed she had a learning disability or Attention Deficit Disorder. "It wasn't hostile. She didn't push me away, she said stop and I stopped". During his interview with Ms. Constand, Sargent Schaffer acknowledged that she was "anxious", a word Cosby had previously used to describe her before given her the pills.
Constand testified last week that Cosby gave her pills that left her woozy, helped her to a couch and then violated her while she was passed out, unable to say no or fight his advances.
In ways large and small, the stress and fatigue of the marathon last leg of Cosby's sex assault trial were showing late Wednesday as deliberations stretched into a third day without a verdict.
Cosby, 79, has pleaded not guilty to drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. This is the first time Cosby has faced criminal charges.
The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.
"Yes, he has been unfaithful but if she is willing to forgive him, that's between him and his wife".
Jury deliberations have entered a third day in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.
With a jury deadlocked on all three counts, Cosby could also walk out of court. "I can see only one objective for him coming here to do that, and that is to defame our client, and that is the goal of Mr. Cosby and his publicist". The actor and comedian has been supported during the case from some of his costars from "The Cosby Show", including Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played youngest daughter Rudy Huxtable on the hit sitcom that aired from 1984-1992.