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Bill Cosby's Fate Now Rests in the Hands of the Jury

13 Juin 2017

McMonagle used a similar approach in Cosby's trial, hammering the credibility of expert witnesses while avoiding taking direct aim at the alleged victims.

Cosby is accused of drugging and violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004. He says the encounter was consensual.

Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would have been to control. It was then that a new prosecutor chose to charge him.

"The judge nearly has to bark at the jury, and put the fear of God in them" that they do not bring any personal bias to their deliberations. Schaffer said he knew Constand had earlier visited Cosby at a casino, according to the Associated Press. It was read to them by the judge. The former actor was joined last Monday by Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". But he also raised his voice at times during his more-than-two-hour statement. "By doing what he did on that night, he took away her ability".

"It would be very bad for him for the jury to even begin to think about the other women", Oliver said. This isn't a case of he said-she said, as the defense claims. "She never said yes", he added.

The jury in Bill Cosby's suburban Philadelphia sexual assault trial has ordered dinner after 90 minutes of deliberations. The judge says jurors can continue working as late as they wish, WRAL-TV, Channel 5, reported.

McMonagle was intent on persuading the seven-man, five-woman jury that Constand was a "lover" of the comedian - not a victim. The comedian once dubbed "America's Dad" could spend his life in prison if convicted.

Once both sides returned to the courtroom, Cosby confirmed to O'Neill that he would not take the stand. O'Neill assured Cosby that he would instruct the jury that defendants are not required to testify.

Prosecutors suggest Cosby gave her something stronger. Wyatt said on Friday that Camille Cosby continued to support him, despite the accusations of assault from dozens of women.

His other high-profile successes include the defense of a Roman Catholic archbishop accused of covering up sex assault by clergy in Pennsylvania, a former deputy attorney general facing homicide charges and the acquittal of the city's deputy mayor in one of the largest USA federal corruption cases.

She said Cosby gave her three pills and wine before touching her breasts, putting his fingers in her vagina and putting her hand on his erect penis after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers.

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Cosby didn't testify at the six-day sex assault trial.

McMonagle made emotional appeals to the jury, weaving anecdotes about parenting and patriotism as he argued Cosby's prosecution was nonsense driven by lawyers and media attention.

McMonagle pointed out that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault. Camille Cosby also sat in the front row, with a few other people and the aisle between them.

Constand, 44, testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then sexually assaulted her as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious. The prosecution will presumably remind him in their closing arguments, which are scheduled to begin shortly.

Cosby entered the courtroom Monday appearing composed and confident, contrasting with an often-glum persona from previous days. He has said the sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.

"This isn't a civil case like I told you where we're talking about money", he said.

Her mother, Gianna Constand, left midway during McMonagle's closing arguments in which he repeatedly branded her daughter as a liar.

The defense's solitary witness was Richard Schaeffer, a detective who helped take down Constand's original statement in 2005, a year after the incident.

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. He occasionally whispered to his defense team as his wife, Camille Cosby, looked on from the court with a clenched smile.

District attorney Kevin Steele re-opened the case in 2015 saying new evidence had come to light. "Mrs. Cosby has been supporting Mr. Cosby for the entire time they've been together for 53 years", he said. But a spokesman said last week it still was a possibility.

Bill Cosby's Fate Now Rests in the Hands of the Jury