Cosby's fate sits with jury in Pennsylvania sex assault case
Jun 21 2017 by Francis Osborne
They asked the judge to repeat two different parts of Cosby's statements to authorities, asked the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the charges, and asked to hear repeat testimony from the Canadian detective who interviewed Constand.
Steele, continuing to address defense statements, said a "romantic interlude" did not exist between Constand and Cosby.
"Andrea Constand's own words, just what she told you, should sustain a conviction in this case", Mr Steele said.
"Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic", he added. "It's criminal", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
Neither she nor her 79-year-old comedian husband acknowledged one another during the trial, despite the fact that she has publicly spoken out in Bill Cosby's defense repeatedly in the midst of dozens of sexual assault allegations over the last several years.
As jury deliberations continued on Tuesday, Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, released a statement from a woman, Marguerite Jackson, who was barred from testifying as a defense witness. However, Andrea Constand's allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges against the formerly beloved star of The Cosby Show.
The comedian stands accused of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly sexually assaulting Constand in his Cheltenham mansion in January 2004.
He also focused on Cosby's admission that he told Constand the pills were her "friends" that would help her "relax" but did not inform her what they were.
Judge Steven O'Neill shot down the defense's bid to call a second witness, a woman who worked with Constand at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.
"Don't leave your common sense in Pittsburgh."This isn't talking to a trustee. This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said, accusing Constand of trying to use Cosby's name for financial gain". "Why are we running from the truth of this case this relationship?"
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- Bill Cosby has shown up with his wife, Camille, for the first time. She was stoic during the defense argument but left when it was the prosecution's turn. "Camille is standing by him and there appears to be no shift in her feelings about this", said a source.
Cosby testified over a decade ago as part of her lawsuit, eventually settling the case for an undisclosed sum. Prosecutors and police detectives read aloud portions of Cosby's statements to police in 2005 and in a civil deposition in 2006.
He argued the case is "as straightforward as you're ever going to see in a sex crimes case - ever". "This is not a civil case about money, money, money".
"We're here because of them", he said, pointing to the benches of reporters covering the trial.
The trial would move to closing arguments on Monday if they decide not to put anyone on the stand. Insisting Andrea was a "lover" of the comedian - not a victim, McMonagle questioned her on the basis that the two willingly sat by the fire, drank Cognac, and burned incense together.
"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", Steele said to the jurors. "Time is time, effort takes its toll."The jurors were transported back to the hotel where they have been sequestered since the trial began, and will return today at 9 a.m.to resume their deliberations". "I said 'I trust you.' I took the pills and I swallowed the pills down".
"There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why?" Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her as she lay helpless on his couch at his nearby home. Cosby - a big-wheel at the school and an important alumni - was on the board of trustees.
They were the three pills that Cosby told police he gave Constand. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger perhaps quaaludes.
Last week the prosecution spent days laying out the case against Cosby, calling 12 witnesses to the stand. 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.