The charges against Bill Cosby, and sentences they carry

Posted Июня 17, 2017

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. "This is talking to a lover", he said of one call that lasted 49 minutes.

Instead, most of Monday was given over to closing arguments, first the defense and then the prosecution, followed by jury instructions from Judge Steven O'Neill.

He will have been done in, close to home, by his own actions and an especially determined victim-and the steeliness of a mother who refused to give up.

Cosby said that he couldn't read the letters on the prescription bottle, and asked her to put Andrea on the line.

Steele meticulously itemized evidence, arguing that it supported the state's assertion that Cosby "drugged" Constand.

The jury in Bill Cosby's suburban Philadelphia sexual assault trial has ordered dinner after 90 minutes of deliberations.

"This is not sympathy for the victim. This is about evaluating the facts", Steele said.

Camille Cosby sat stoically in the first row behind her husband of 53 years at the defence table, about 30 feet from Constand.

The defense offered its closing argument after presenting a single witness: a detective who reminded jurors that Constand had visited with Cosby after the encounter. "Who says something like that when you're in that situation?"

Prosecutors said that Cosby, at his deposition more than a decade ago, admitted to giving Constand pills (Cosby said it was Benadryl) and touching her sexually. "Why? Because of what he wanted".

Bill Cosby's defense lawyer says the comedian and his primary accuser were lovers.

McMonagle cited gifts and phone calls between Cosby and Constand to show she was more than a college sports staffer trying to placate a powerful Temple University trustee.

"You're there by yourself".

In his closing argument, Mr Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle said while his client had been unfaithful to his wife, he did not commit a crime. She spent almost seven hours on the stand over two days, as Cosby's attorneys attempted to undermine her credibility.

"He said, 'Trust me". "We're talking about all of a man's tomorrows". She testified the pills left her semi-conscious and unable to tell Cosby to stop. He never did tell Gianna what was in the pills.

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Jurors were expected to hear closing arguments and could get the case in the afternoon.

The attorney concluded, telling the jurors that if they hold "more questions than you've got answers".

He is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each one punishable by up to 10 years behind bars. The jury could begin deliberations by Monday evening.

Defence lawyers called to the stand a detective who led a 2005 investigation into claims that Mr Cosby drugged and molested a woman at his home in 2004. Camille Cosby isn't in the courtroom for that. "This is not a civil case about money, money, money".

The trial will move to closing arguments if no defense witnesses are called. He also quizzed Cosby on his decision not to take the stand in his defense.

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.

"I have been advised that you do not intend to testify, is that correct?"

Last week the prosecution spent days laying out the case against Cosby, calling 12 witnesses to the stand. That tape was played in court, and Cosby is heard to say he would pay for graduate school for Andrea. Constand's is the only accusation of dozens to reach a criminal court.

Bill Cosby leaves the Norristown, Pennsylvania courtroom during his sexual assault trial on June 8, 2017. Gianna Constand, left, who is the mother of Andrea Constand, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, .

Outside the courthouse, Constand's lawyers blasted the Cosby team Tuesday for releasing a statement from a woman who had been blocked from testifying at the trial.

But when Cosby got his chance to finally prove that Constand-and, by association, the other four dozen women who've accused him of sexual assault-might be making it all up, he punted.

The prosecution rested its case on Friday after five days of testimony from witnesses including Kelly Johnson, who claims Mr Cosby drugged and sexually abused her in 1996 under similar circumstances.

Last week, when Deputy District Attorney Kevin Steele and Assistant DA Kristen Feden presented their case against Cosby, Constand stuck to her story, remaining mostly unflappable on cross-examination about questions and discrepancies raised by the defense.

"Cosby testified over a decade ago as part of her lawsuit, eventually settling the case for an undisclosed sum".

Among other admissions, Cosby said in that deposition that he acquired drugs to give to women he sought for sex; McMonagle asked no questions about that on cross-examination, apparently wanting to move past talk about giving drugs to women.

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