The charges against Bill Cosby, and sentences they carry

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

MORE: The public theatre of the Bill Cosby trialWhat is he charged with? A kindly mentor or a callous manipulator.

Jurors were sent back to their hotel late Monday night after deliberating for about four hours on the sixth day of the trial.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Jackson's testimony was inadmissible hearsay.

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial resumes deliberations on Tuesday.

District Attorney Kevin Steele's closing arguments were businesslike and direct. "Who says something like that when you're in that situation?"

He said Constand told police in her first interview that she had never been alone with Cosby before the alleged attack, but later admitted she had spent time alone with him at his home and at a CT resort.

Immediately, Cosby's defence lawyer Brian McMonagle counter-argued and said, "Ms. Constand was untruthful time and time and time again".

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial are zeroing in on the night Cosby says he gave his accuser three blue pills that he described as "friends". In clear and firm terms, she said Cosby, a powerful Temple alum, mentored her and took an interest in her career like a father figure.

The trial would move to closing arguments on Monday if the defense decided not to put anyone on the stand.

Cosby says he gave Constand a cold and allergy medicine to help her relax. She slipped into the courtroom while the judge was addressing the audience and the attorneys. Among those listening was Camille Cosby, 73, his wife of 50 years and business manager.

The extramarital affair was an example of a flaw in Cosby's character, and not criminal behavior, McMonagle said.

For its case, the defense team briefly recalled a Cheltenham detective as its only witness.

Cosby's lawyers put on a case consisting of just one witness and six minutes of testimony earlier Monday before resting their case, calling the detective who led the 2005 investigation.

McMonagle's tone became tinged with anger as he stressed Constand's misstatements to police about the day of the assault. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger - perhaps quaaludes.

The defense closed by accusing Constand of lying about an affair with Cosby and concocting the allegations to take advantage of the wealthy, older star.

The judge at one point addressed Cosby to ask him a few standard questions.

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

"This ain't right!" bellowed McMonagle.

Comedian Bill Cosby (R) departs the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

"It's going to be basically two people in the room and they're going to have very different versions of the event", Barry Coburn, a defense lawyer based in Washington, told CNN. She spent almost seven hours on the stand over two days, as Cosby's attorneys attempted to undermine her credibility. Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said at the time that the measure was styled after 2015 legislation pushed by Republicans and approved overwhelmingly in the Senate that gave Congress a vote on whether Obama could lift sanctions against Iran.

The jury began deliberating on Monday evening after the prosecution's closing statement. Constand took a seat in the front row on the opposite side of the courtroom. Wyatt said on Friday that Camille Cosby continued to support him, despite the accusations of assault from dozens of women. The jury also heard Cosby's version in the form of his police statement and his lurid deposition in her 2005 lawsuit.

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.

"All the fancy lawyering you have can't get you around your own words", Steele said. A prosecution expert testified that such assertions amounted to "rape myths". The defence says when the case began it was about money, but now it's a about a man's liberty.

Instead of a lover, Steele asserted that Cosby is a criminal.

Cosby is on trial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004. "You treated her well".

Other reports by VgToday

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER