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Cosby defense gives closing argument in sex assault case

Cosby defense gives closing argument in sex assault case Cosby defense gives closing argument in sex assault case
Acilia Dean | 13 Giugno, 2017, 05:04

She testified in firm and clear words over two days last week that Cosby, a powerful alum at the university, mentored her and then took advantage of her at his home in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille was in the courtroom for the first time in the trial.

The prosecution rested its case Friday after five swift days of testimony in the case that could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life.

The closing arguments took place after the defense rested its case after questioning just one witness. He returned Monday so defense lawyers could emphasize again that Constand visited Cosby inside his room at a CT casino prior to the alleged attack and that Cosby's vision problems apparently stretched back more than a decade.

Constand, a 44-year-old former employee of the women's basketball program at Temple, testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with his fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious.

Embarking on a 90-minute closing statement, defence lawyer Brian McMonagle claimed Constand had sought to hide an emotional relationship with Cosby from the police and accused her of concocting the allegations to take advantage of him.

The defence's main goal in the prosecution phase of the case was to attack the credibility of Ms Constand and the other accuser, Kelly Johnson.

The trial would move to closing arguments on Monday if they decide not to put anyone on the stand.

The lawyer wound down by saying that while Cosby was "not perfect" what was happening was an injustice.

Cosby, who did not testify, has denied all allegations.

Camille Cosby - the comedian's wife of more than 50 years - was in the courthouse Monday for the first time, after a week of conspicuous absence.


Steele argued that admission showed Cosby was knowingly trying to incapacitate Constand when he gave her 1-1/2 pills, which Cosby said were Benadryl. Cosby is, however, "potentially opening the door to a whole lot of cross-examination that they fought really hard to keep out", Oliver said.

Constand initially told police that she had not been alone with Cosby prior to the alleged assault and that she had little contact with him afterward.

In his closing statement, McMonagle told jurors that Constand had changed her story after speaking with attorneys who specialize in sexual assault cases.

The question going into Monday's proceedings was whether Cosby hismelf would testify - a high-stakes gamble that could have allowed him to work his charm on the jury but could have also exposed him to blistering cross-examination.

At least one lawyer attending the trial said she anticipated the lightning-fast defense case.

Camille Cosby has been deposed in a civil suit filed by an accuser and had been active behind the scenes in developing strategy in the criminal case, according to sources familiar with defense preparations.

Silenced after rave reviews for a witness who emerged as a star against him, Bill Cosby's fate is now in the hands of a Pennsylvania jury.

Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

This item has been updated to delete an incorrect reference to Constand visiting with Cosby after the encounter. But on Monday morning, Cosby, under oath, told Judge O'Neill emphatically that he has chosen not to testify in this case.

"Let's be real", he said.

Bill Cosby, center left, listens to his spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, center right, speaks with members of the media as they depart from from Cosby's sexual assault trial at the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. 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.

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