Cosby's fate is in the hands of the jury

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

He could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge. The repercussions from the case already destroyed the family friendly image of a man whose groundbreaking work in television earned him the nickname America's Dad, and produced a stunning late-in-life downfall of one of the most beloved stars in the entertainment world.

"In closing, lead defense attorney Brian McMonagle called the accuser's statements a 'stone cold lie.'".

McMonagle defended the good faith of his client, saying Cosby had agreed to speak at length to investigators in 2005 when he could have kept silent, and rounded on the press.

Steele recounted how both Constand and Cosby had referred to pills the entertainer had offered to Constand as her "friends".

"Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic".

But District Attorney Kevin Steele said those inconsistencies were minor and little more than a distraction. Constand - then an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers. Then pointing to Cosby's wife, Camille, who appeared in court for the first time Monday, McMonagle said: "And she deserved better".

The prosecution had rested its case on Friday after calling 12 witnesses.

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.

In Cosby's case, that means the more than 60 other women who have accused him of assaults dating to the 1960s.

Constand was in court with her mother to hear the closing arguments.

She woke up on the couch with her clothes disheveled, she said. He later said he had given her Benadryl.

Steele meticulously itemized evidence, arguing that it supported the state's assertion that Cosby "drugged" Constand.

"Stop this!" he pleaded repeatedly with jurors. Cosby has said he is legally blind because of glaucoma. The attorney pointed at Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille Cosby, several times during his closing remarks to emphasize his points.

Cosby was painted as a predator and callous manipulator by the prosecution, while the defence portrayed him as a lover and kindly mentor. Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where she worked as director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees.

"When you dance outside your marriage, you have to pay the band", McMonagle said.

" 'We're not flawless, are we?' he said, pausing and looking at Camille Cosby, 73". Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her as she lay helpless on his couch at his nearby home.

As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection". The jury went home around 9:30 p.m. ET Monday without reaching a verdict.

Prosecutors wanted 13 other accusers to testify at the trial, but the judge allowed just one, an assistant to his agent at the William Morris Agency. His lawyer has said they were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Jurors did hear Cosby's side of the story - but not in his voice.

"That's a lie", McMonagle told jurors.

Rather than focus on the sexual assault allegations, McMonagle tried to present jurors with a broader sense of Cosby as a flawed man, an "unfaithful" husband, but also a brilliant comedian, "who not only taught us how to smile but how to love each other no matter what we look like".

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

For the prosecution's closing statement, Steele argued that Cosby's own statements showed his guilt. He said Constand has given "one inconsistent statement after another", questioning why she told police at various points in 2005 that she had never been alone with Cosby prior to her alleged assault, that she never contacted him again after and that her assault had happened in March 2004 - all claims she would later revise before her testimony last week.

MORE: The public theatre of the Bill Cosby trialWhat is he charged with? Numerous jurors were expressionless during testimony, but a few were smiling and chuckling when they entered the courtroom on Monday afternoon to receive final instructions from Steven T. O'Neill, the presiding Montgomery County judge.

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