Bill Cosby jury to hear more of his deposition testimony

Bill Cosby jury to hear more of his deposition testimony

Disgraced US comedian Bill Cosby confirmed in court Monday that he would not testify at his sexual assault trial as the defense called just one witness before resting their case.

The sequestered jury - seven men and five women from the Pittsburgh area - betrayed little about their leanings during six days of testimony that drew to an explosive finish Monday afternoon with four hours of fiery closing arguments from both sides.

A Pennsylvania jury on Tuesday began its first full day of deliberations in the trial of entertainer Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexually assaulting a female friend who had come to him for career advice in 2004. They asked if could hear what Cosby said he told accuser Andrea Constand when he gave her pills before engaging in sexual contact.

McMonagle described his own client as a philandering husband, but an overly forthcoming one whose own statements about Constand have remained entirely consistent over 12 years - no matter how damaging they have been to his reputation. Plus, Mr. Monico breaks down what U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to testify about when he goes before a public hearing of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee.

Some of these women, including Constand, have received cash payouts from Cosby in civil trials, but for numerous allegations the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution had lapsed.

A few steps behind Cosby, who sat at the defense table reclining in his chair, the comic legend's wife, Camille, watched McMonagle's closing argument.

The defence case consisted of a six-minute appearance by a detective, seemingly created to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then.

During closing, McMonagle repeated to the jurors that Cosby's life is in their hands.

In 2006, the comedian settled with Ms Constand after providing an undisclosed cash sum to her.




Andrea Constand watched from the front row of the packed courtroom gallery on Monday as Cosby's lawyers spent almost two hours seizing on inconsistencies in her story in a final push for acquittal. "He took that from Andrea Constand".

Yes. If he is convicted, prosecutors say, Cosby would also have to register as a sex offender and face an assessment to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.

Steele said the once-beloved Jello pitchman and "America's Dad" even referred to himself as a "dirty old man". His deposition was sealed for years until a judge released parts in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, prompting a new set of prosecutors to take a fresh look at the case and charge him. Instead, his team called one brief witness - Cheltenham police Sgt. Richard Schaffer, the lead investigator in the case who testified for the prosecution last week.

He then turned on the reporters present in the courtroom, saying "we're here because of them", suggesting that the media frenzy around Cosby was to blame for the dozens of women who have accused the "Cosby Show" star of assaulting them.

O'Neill asked Cosby if he discussed the issue with his attorneys and if he understood there is no obligation to testify, as the burden to prove the charges of aggravated indecent sexual assault case lies exclusively with the prosecutors. Steele said. "It's not right".

Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would be to control.

They pointed to dozens of phone calls she made after the alleged incident and the casino visit. She is the first family member to join him.

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!" Throughout the course of her testimony, she admitted that there had been some minor inconsistencies in her earlier police statements, a fact that the Cosby defense latched onto and attempted to exploit to their maximum benefit. She left during the prosecution's closing statement.

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