Bill Cosby case handed to jury

Friday, 23 Jun, 2017

Bill Cosby has managed to get into the middle of Keshia Knight Pulliam and Ed Hartwell's divorce and custody drama. A kindly mentor or a callous manipulator.

Last week (ends09Jun17), it was reported the 79-year-old could testify in his own defence, but on Monday (12Jun17), his lawyers rested their case without Cosby taking the stand.

The jury began deliberating at about 5:30 p.m. EDT Monday and called it a night about four hours later.

But Steele said it's no accident that some of Constand's memories are faulty.

Constand and another accuser, Kelly Johnson, told jurors last week that Cosby gave them pills to help them "relax".

"Who says something like that?"

The lone defense witness was the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations that Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

McMonagle acknowledged Camille Cosby's presence while discussing Cosby's infidelities and how it left him open to false accusations and extortion attempts."You're vulnerable", McMonagle said. On Monday, the question hanging over the case was whether the TV star himself would testify. She denied they had a romantic relationship and said she had rebuffed previous advances from him.

During the defense closing argument, Camille Cosby and Constand sat in front rows in the courtroom, only feet apart.

Cosby still faces multiple civil lawsuits by other accusers.

Bill Cosby did not testify in his trial. She slipped into the courtroom while the judge was addressing the audience and the attorneys. Hartwell filed a motion stating that Pulliam violated their custody agreement when she chose to appear in court with Cosby. 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.

Just hours before the Bill Cosby defense team rested their case, prosecutors had already done the same. According to Cosby's alleged victims, the actor has been sexually assaulting women for decades. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger — perhaps quaaludes. And he grew emotional when speaking about Constand, and accused Cosby's lawyers of attempting to shame and exploit her.

When asked if he understood what was happening, Cosby answered in a booming voice: "Yes!" "This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said of one 49-minute call.

"This ain't right!" bellowed McMonagle. But it's the Commonwealth here that, in closings, beat the drum of Cosby's words-in this case, words of his clawed back from the past, his interview with police and multiple depositions from 2005 and 2006 from Andrea Constand's civil suit.

By the afternoon, prosecution hammered home the glaring consistencies between both Constand and Cosby's stories up to and not including the type of pills that were administered by Cosby on the night Constand says he sexually assaulted her. The implication is that she was after money from Cosby, one of America's wealthier stars. The allegation by the now 44-year-old former staffer at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, is the only one not too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution.

Cosby leaned forward in his chair for most of the defense's closing, occasionally reacting with small nods.

Prosecutors will deliver their closing statements next, which will be followed by instructions to the jury. "We're not here because of Andrea Constand", he said. Why did he leave Constand alone on the couch without even a blanket, her clothes barely on her and disheveled? Steele asked jurors before launching into another quote from the Cosby depositions.

In those depositions, Cosby admitted to stockpiling quaaludes for the express objective of giving them to young women he wanted to have sexual contact with.

"You've sent word: You're exhausted", said Judge Steven O'Neill, dismissing the panel until Wednesday morning. A lawyer on the case recalled her startling account of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby, but his notes revealed a glaring discrepancy in the account. A prosecution expert testified that such assertions amounted to "rape myths". "We're talking about all the man's tomorrows", he said. Again, Steele read from Cosby's deposition.

"You do what you do to her, and then you leave?" You paid her attention. No blanket? No nothing? "She never said yes", he added. His long-form articles span a broad range of subjects, including politics, power and the culture of Washington, as well as profiling major political figures and authors.