How much time could Bill Cosby face?
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 7:41
"Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic".
Steele said no amount of "fancy lawyering" will save Cosby from his own words.
Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, read the statement from longtime Temple University official Marguerite Jackson, who said Constand told her of a plan to falsely accuse a "high-profile person" of sexual assault so she could sue and get money. Steele's closing argument focused on Cosby's statements in an interview with police and sworn depositions he gave as part of Constand's civil lawsuit more than a decade ago.
While the prosecution spent five days building their case, the defense called just one witness and rested their case in minutes Monday after the former megastar declined to testify on day six of the trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Cosby's lawyers used their closing arguments to say Constand lied on the witness stand about her relationship with the comic.
Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning comedian of being a serial sexual predator in remarkably similar accusations that span four decades, ending his career and shredding his reputation.
The 79-year-old pioneering black comedian risks spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine, following one of America's biggest celebrity trials in years. "Because of what he wanted", Steele told jury members. Prosecutors presented nearly no forensic evidence, and legal experts have said the trial fits the "he said-she said" arguments so common to sexual offense cases.
The judge shot down a defense request to call a second witness, a woman who worked with Constand at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.
"This isn't talking to a trustee".
"Hopefully, you will have the last two words in this case, and I pray those words are not guilty", McMonagle said.
"Just tell the truth - what are we doing here?" he continued, one of many exclamations he made in a fiery and at times histrionic closing that lasted almost two hours. Among those listening was Cosby's 73-year-old wife of half a century and business manager, Camille, who came to the courtroom for the first time on Monday.
She was stoic during the defence argument but left when it was the prosecution's turn. Insisting Andrea was a "lover" of the comedian - not a victim, McMonagle questioned her on the basis that the two willingly sat by the fire, drank Cognac, and burned incense together.
Constand, 44, testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with his fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious.
"In my head I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen and those [mental] messages didn't get there and I was very limp, so I wasn't able to fight him", Constand said. A lawyer on the case recalled her startling account of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but his notes revealed a glaring discrepancy in the account. "It's not a mistake, It's a stone cold lie", Brian McMonagle told the jury.
In 2015, Steele cited the Cosby deposition as new evidence in reopening the long-abandoned case against Cosby stemming from the Constand accusation.
"We're here because of them", he said, pointing to the benches of reporters covering the trial.
In his 2005 deposition, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with.
Prosecutors suggest Cosby gave her something stronger. "Time is time, effort takes its toll."The jurors were transported back to the hotel where they have been sequestered since the trial began, and will return today at 9 a.m.to resume their deliberations".
Andrea Constand is one of 59 women who have accused Cosby of rape, attempted assault, sexual harassment or sexual assault. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.