Bill Cosby case handed to jury

Pointing to his client's openness with police and Constand's changing statements, lead defense attorney Brian McMonagle sought Cosby's full acquittal in his almost two-hour closing argument. "It's criminal", District Attorney Kevin Steele said. 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.

The defence says it's calling just one witness: the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home. But jurors still heard plenty from him as prosecutors read them excerpts from his 2005 police statement and civil deposition. Cosby has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Sixty women have accused Cosby of drugging them, sexually assaulting them, or both. He could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge. The jury began deliberating about 5:25 p.m. and asked the court one question around 7:15 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m.

Jurors deliberated for four hours Monday night after hearing closing arguments on the sixth day of the trial.

The brevity of the defense case contrasted with the presentation by prosecutors, who called 12 witnesses over five days of often emotional testimony.

Prosecutors say the famed comedian drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

Cosby's spokesman said last week that Cosby might take the stand, but his lawyers were mum.

"This isn't a civil case like I told you where we're talking about money", he said. Never, was she incapacitated, he told the jurors, who were listening attentively.

" 'She'd remember it for the next 365 days and all the days of her life if there were a sexual assault in this case, ' the attorney said". Camille Cosby isn't in the courtroom for that.

In his 2005 deposition, Cosby said he obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and offered the now-banned sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with.

Cosby's defense attorneys argued that his sexual contact with Constand was part of a consensual relationship between the two. Constand said on the witness stand she did not know Jackson.

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Cosby had said before the trial he would not testify.

Mr Steele told the jury that Mr Cosby took away Ms Constand's ability to consent with the pills, that their later contacts were irrelevant, and that jurors should ignore what he said were myths about how sexual assault victims are supposed to behave. McMonagle called the detective merely to attest to the existence of a police report about Constand's interviews with law enforcement investigators and to briefly discuss questions the policeman asked the alleged victim about several hours she spent with Cosby at a CT casino. She says they left her semi-conscious.

Constand said she was "mistaken" when she made those statements to police. However, she testified that she had been alone in a hotel room with Cosby beforehand, and that there were 72 calls between the two afterward.

McMonagle said that while the comedian had been unfaithful to his wife, he did not commit a crime.

Prosecutors will give their closing argument Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors countered by saying "fancy lawyering" can't save Cosby from his own words - namely, his admission about groping Constand after giving her pills he knew could put her to sleep.

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

She said Cosby gave her three pills and wine before touching her breasts, putting his fingers in her vagina and putting her hand on his erect penis after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers. By allowing Cosby's wife to enter the courtroom in the middle of proceedings while the judge was speaking, officials at the Montgomery Courthouse extended her an extraordinary and unprecedented courtesy.

Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the five-day prosecution case. His daughters have not done so. However, his publicist Andrew Wyatt suggested last week that "nothing's ever off the table".

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.

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