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Bill Cosby jury begins deliberations in sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby jury begins deliberations in sexual assault trial”

A kindly mentor or a callous manipulator.

Since beginning deliberations on Monday afternoon, jurors have asked to hear some of Cosby's prior statements, including his description of the pills he gave Constand prior to the alleged attack.

Judge Steven O'Neill said the jury had the written charge in its possession and that he is not permitted to define the charges any further.

They began deliberating at 5:25 p.m. on Monday and continued for about four hours into the night, and they continued deliberating at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

"Who says something like that?"

According to Constand, she was drugged by Cosby and subsequently sexually assaulted at his Pennsylvania home.

McMonagle, pounding the defense table, suggested to jurors that Cosby was the victim of a drumbeat of accusations by women who wanted to appear on television shows. Cosby did not admit to giving Quaaludes to anyone without their knowledge. He later said he had given her Benadryl.

Kevin R. Steele, the Montgomery County district attorney, also addressed Mr Cosby directly, in a closing argument that lasted more than two hours on just the sixth day of a fast-moving case, originally anticipated to have taken weeks, not days, to present.

Cosby did not take the stand to testify during the case. She slipped into the courtroom while the judge was addressing the audience and the attorneys. Cosby did not take the stand, nor did his wife.

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

The trial featured testimony of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, who accused the 79-year-old entertainer of drugging and molesting her after inviting her to his home in 2004.

The defence consisted of a single witness: Sergeant Richard Schaffer of the police department in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, who already testified for the prosecution and who investigated Constand's case in 2005. The document, which the detective labeled "Questions for Andrea", included some matters about her account that he had sought clarification on, including the question as to why she had gone to meet Mr. Cosby at a casino in CT.

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over a week of testimony, and Constand was chief among them. But his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters on Friday that "nothing is off the table". Legal experts and courtroom observers generally dismissed that suggestion as a bluff, perhaps created to throw prosecutors - who ended with a lot of momentum - off balance. As expected, Cosby chose not to testify.

When asked if he understood what was happening, Cosby answered in a booming voice: "Yes!" "This is talking to a lover", Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle said.

"This ain't right!" bellowed McMonagle.

Meanwhile, the veteran performer could charm jurors at his sexual assault trial if he testifies this week, but experts say the risk would be considerable. In his six-minute appearance Monday, Shaffer said that Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems more than a decade ago.

McMonagle said that while the comedian had been unfaithful to his wife, he did not commit a crime.

The defense had more trouble trying to discredit Constand.

Prosecutors will deliver their closing statements next, which will be followed by instructions to the jury. "When you dance outside your marriage, you've got to pay the band."You danced", he added, looking at Cosby, before turning his attention to Camille, seated in the front row. You don't put her in a bedroom for this...you put her on a sofa, you do what you do to her, and then you leave her", he said, pleading with the jury". However, Andrea Constand's allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges against the formerly beloved star of The Cosby Show.

"All the fancy lawyering you have can't get you around your own words", Steele said.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, tried to sow doubt about Constand's story, saying it had evolved during her interviews with police. "We're talking about all the man's tomorrows". "She is a victim who has come before you and bared something very personal and powerful for all to see".



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