No Verdict Tonight: Cosby Jury Breaks for the Evening
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 21:47
Chief among those witnesses was Andrea Constand, the former Temple employee who says that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in January 2004.
Bill Cosby may be a pill-pumping lothario but the disgraced comic and the woman accusing him of drugging and molesting her were lovers, his lawyer said Monday.
The trial had been expected to last longer, but Cosby surprised the court on Monday by refusing to testify in his own defense.
During an hour-and-45-minute closing argument, McMonagle pointed to several inconsistent statements made by Constand to authorities, including that she had never been alone with Cosby prior to the incident and that it occurred after a dinner party.McMonagle also referenced phone records that showed lengthy phone calls between Constand and Cosby after the alleged assault.
While Bill Cosby is facing no criminal charges in connection to his alleged decades-old sexual assault against Johnson, her testimony regarding being drugged and sexually assaulted by the star was intended by the prosecution to establish that Cosby had demonstrated a pattern of behavior similar to what Constand alleged in her sexual assault claim.
Actor Bill Cosby could charm jurors at his sexual assault trial if he testifies this week, but experts say the risk would be considerable.
He also said he gave Ms Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began. As NPR reported last week, Constand testified, telling her story in public for the first time. It is possible that jurors may begin deliberations as soon as late Monday.
Cosby's lawyers called to the stand only a singe witness -- Detective Richard Schaffer, who was used mainly as a vehicle for the defense to move into evidence statements that the alleged victim, gave to police, according to NBC News.
Constand 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.
Steele attempted to focus attention back on the trial's central accuser, Andrea Constand, calling her a victim who showed great courage and withstood hours of questioning on the witness stand.
Andrew Wyatt, spokesperson for Bill Cosby gives a reaction as the defense rests on the sixth day of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial. Cosby has denied all the charges. Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where she worked as director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees.
District Attorney Kevin Steele's closing arguments were businesslike and direct. "He's an actor and he's a very good actor", Duquesne University School of Law professor Wes Oliver said ahead of Monday's court session.
Judge Steven O'Neill asked Cosby a series of questions created to make sure he was aware of his right to testify and wasn't pressured into deciding against it. Cosby spoke loudly as he answered, responding "YES!" or "NO!" "What it says is that you want to protect your family from being attacked by this media circus out here, and that's OK". Among those listening was Camille Cosby, 73, his wife of 50 years and business manager. Cosby says they enjoyed a mutual "petting" session. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.
The defense lawyer then made the connection to Cosby, saying that he was flawed, but his entertainment also changed how many saw the world.
" 'She'd remember it for the next 365 days and all the days of her life if there were a sexual assault in this case, ' the attorney said".
The defence case consisted of a six-minute appearance by a detective, seemingly created to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then.