Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Bill Cosby jury drills down on his deposition testimony

Bill Cosby jury drills down on his deposition testimony

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with his wife Camille Cosby, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Seven men and five women spent four hours deliberating on Monday.

Besides asking for evidence, the jurors also sought clarification from the judge about a nuance of the charges against the 79-year-old comic legend.

Jurors reviewed more than a dozen passages from a deposition Cosby gave more than a decade ago, hearing excerpts on a wide range of topics, from Cosby's first meeting with Andrea Constand to the night in 2004 she says he drugged and violated her.

Constand, 44, of Ontario, Canada, testified over two days that after taking the blue pills she began slurring her words and became "frozen" or paralyzed and was unable to fight off Cosby's sexual advances.

Cosby met Constand in late 2002 when he attended a basketball game at Temple University, his alma mater, in Philadelphia.

Bill Cosby's spokesman has released a statement from a woman who says Andrea Constand told her of a plan to falsely accuse a "high-profile person" of sexual assault so she could sue and get money.

Even though Bill Cosby did not testify in his own defense in the closing statements of his sexual assault trial, the man's lawyer did a great job explaining to the jury that the accusations are nonsense and are just driven by rumors and in order to get media attention.

79-year-old Bill Cosby is now being trialed for three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby did not testify but his past deposition was read aloud in court.

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The defense has focused on inconsistencies in Constand's statements about the timing of the alleged assault, pointing out that she remained in contact with Cosby for weeks after the night in question.

The black comedian, once known as America's Dad for his portrayal of kindly Dr Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, suggested recently that race could have played a role in the case against him. She also said she was at Cosby's home following a dinner with friends and Cosby.

Constand's lawsuit against Cosby had elicited four days of testimony from him about his sexual conduct with some of the other women. Constand said that he had given her a pill hidden in an alcoholic drink and proceeded to molest and sexually assault her when she was unconscious.

Allred said she hoped a decision would come soon because later in the week she was set to testify before Congress on sexual-assault statute of limitation laws.

"They are, in effect, putting on a defense when they cross-examine witnesses when they make an impassioned opening statement, when they move for a mistrial like this defense did", she says. "And I went upstairs and I went into my pack and I broke one whole one and brought a half down and told her to take it". The defense started and ended its case Monday with six minutes of repeat testimony from a Cheltenham detective. The woman says she can not recall exactly when Constand told her of the plan to falsely accuse a celebrity, only that Constand was the operations manager for the team at the time. Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault, a second-degree felony.

If I had my way, we'd never come to verdict on this case.

President Donald Trump says apprenticeships could match workers with the nation's estimated 6 million open jobs but they are reluctant to spend any taxpayer money on the effort. The district attorney at the time declined to press charges, citing insufficient evidence. "I don't understand it".

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