Cosby Rape Trial Goes To The Jury; Defense Called Only One Witness

Posted June 25, 2017

The jury ended a second day of deliberations without reaching a decision on whether Cosby drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, quitting for the night around 9 p.m. Jurors have spent a total of about 16 hours over two days discussing the case and going over evidence with the judge. He is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each one punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

A Pennsylvania jury began deliberating Monday in the highly anticipated sexual assault trial against comedian Bill Cosby whose public image collapsed amid many similar allegations over the past two years. He also described three pillars of the case had been proven: 1) Cosby drugged Constand; 2) She was "legally" unconscious; and 3) She was unable to consent to sexual activity.

Cosby's lawyers used their closing arguments to say Constand lied on the witness stand about her relationship with the comic.

According to observers, McMonagle's strategy seemed to be trying to plant significant doubt in the mind of at least one juror so that the trial results in a hung jury and a mistrial is declared.

After the prosecution took five days to outline its side, the defense case consisted of just one witness - a detective - and six minutes of testimony Monday. Monday also marked the first time since the shocking trial began one week ago that Bill's wife, Camille Cosby, made an appearance in the courtroom.

Constand said that she was "mistaken" when she made those statements to police.

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. Wyatt said on Friday that Camille Cosby continued to support him, despite the accusations of assault from dozens of women. The Cosby defense team had meant to present more witnesses to help make their case, but those witnesses were blocked by the judge.

During his summation, lawyer Brian McMonagle doubled down on ripping apart Andrea Constand's story, insisting her 2004 encounter with Cosby, 79, was consensual.

If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006. "We're here for them and them", McMonagle said, his voice rising as he motioned toward rows filled with reporters and a few of Cosby's other accusers. The comedian later told investigators that he remembers giving the then 33-year-old over-the-counter Benadryl tablets to help her "relax". Constand, who was an employee of Temple University at the time of the alleged sexual assault, claims that the comedian gained her friendship and trust and even showed a romantic interest in her prior to the alleged crime. "We're talking about all of a man's tomorrows".

The case will turn largely on how credible the panel finds Ms Constand, who testified that in a visit to Mr Cosby's home near Philadelphia, he gave her pills that he said were herbal, but that left her immobile and drifting in and out of consciousness, and sexually assaulted her.

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!" They pointed out that she telephoned Cosby more than 50 times after the alleged attack, but told police she had no contact with him. Earlier in the evening, they requested to see the entire context of Cosby's testimony "where he calls the pills his friends". He talks in the deposition of "the penile entrance" and "digital penetration", and he told Constand's mother, when she called to confront him, that her daughter had had an orgasm.

Prosecutors suggest Cosby gave her something stronger.