Cosby defense rests without calling the comedian to testify

Jun 13, 2017, 02:51
Cosby defense rests without calling the comedian to testify

The case could reach the jury early this week.

The big question going into Monday's proceedings was whether Cosby 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 about some of the scores of other women who say they were assaulted by the comic once known as America's Dad. He had the hard task of stemming the momentum built by prosecutors during an intense week of testimony that included an emotional appearance by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women's basketball staffer who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2004.

Cosby attorneys said they would not call any character witnesses.

On her podcast Kandidly Keshia, the actress shared her her reason for attending Cosby's trial, also adding that the opinions of those online were harsh.

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. "The Cosby Show" star is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in January 2004 at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

This is the first time Cosby's wife has been seen at the courthouse since the 79-year-old comedian's criminal trial began last week.

Judge Steven O'Neill asked Cosby a series of questions created to make sure he was aware of his right to testify and wasn't pressured into deciding against it.

The light moments include: Constand's brother-in-law struggling to remember the year he got married but instantly knowing the day he joined the Toronto police force; her mother testifying that she had been truthful in telling Cosby - who thought he was being recorded - that she has a parrot and telling the court his name is "Ozzie"; and Judge Steven O'Neill bringing in an oversized gavel and promising to use it if things get rowdy after jurors asked why he didn't have one. 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. Jurors have heard Cosby's version of the events in question in the form of his police statement, and his lurid deposition in her 2005 lawsuit.

In 2015, Steele cited the Cosby deposition as new evidence in reopening the long-abandoned case against Cosby stemming from the Constand accusation.

Cosby said last month that he would not be taking the stand during the trial, though his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, implied while speaking to the press during a court break last week that it is a possibility. At the time, she was director of operations for the women's basketball team at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University. The combination of vulnerability and defiance made her the strongest arrow in the prosecution's quiver.

Constand said that she was "mistaken" when she made those statements to police. And she was one of a handful of accusers who hadn't told her story fully in a written piece or TV segment. Cosby has pleaded not guilty.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Friday, June 9, 2017.

And the language he uses to describe his sexual encounters with various young women can be jarring.

Bill Cosby did not take the stand Monday, and his defense closed their case after only six minutes, with testimony from one person, Detective Richard Schaffer.

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.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Clinging to job, May appoints ministers

    Clinging to job, May appoints ministers

    Instead, the result has sown confusion and division in British ranks, just days before negotiations are due to start on June 19. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn , riding a wave of acclaim for his party's unexpectedly strong showing, called on May to resign.
    IPhone to add new feature that will stop texting while driving

    IPhone to add new feature that will stop texting while driving

    Even if Apple is cleared of wrongdoing, it could stain the company's reputation, and further court challenges will likely follow. But the situation has become worse with the rise of mobile phones, which buzz in response to every text, snap, and email.
    Proposed education cuts in Trump FY 2018 budget are a non-starter — Blunt

    Proposed education cuts in Trump FY 2018 budget are a non-starter — Blunt

    Teachers sent a "message that they didn't think Michael would amount to much" and there are "countless other students like him". DeVos was accused of glossing over history after a meeting with officials from historically black colleges and universities.
  • Watch Sony's PlayStation E3 2017 press conference live here

    Watch Sony's PlayStation E3 2017 press conference live here

    Super Mario Odyssey will be shown off at E3, but just as many eyes will be on non-Nintendo names and their Switch games. Bethesda is expected to live stream their press conference on Twitch and YouTube .
    Apple Inc. Continues To Dominate The Wearables Market (AAPL)

    Apple Inc. Continues To Dominate The Wearables Market (AAPL)

    Xiaomi and Apple have supplanted Fitbit , the next question is whether they will be able to maintain their position. But while Xiaomi sells mostly low-priced fitness bands, Apple sells premium smartwatches branded as Apple Watch .
    Seattle Passes Massive 'Job-Killing' Tax On Sugary Drinks

    Seattle Passes Massive 'Job-Killing' Tax On Sugary Drinks

    Herbold has attempted a couple of times to reduce the burden on distributors, who would feel the brunt of the next taxes. The ABA also said the tax would not improve public health.
  • Ref's quick whistle costs Predators a goal in must-win Game 6

    Quick whistle: The Predators believed Colton Sissons gave them a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Patric Hornqvist scored the Penguins' first goal off Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne's left elbow.
    Smarter Siri and More Updates Arriving with iOS 11

    Smarter Siri and More Updates Arriving with iOS 11

    The card can be used to send money to others on your device, make purchases with Apple Pay and transfer the funds to your bank. This means that you won't have to switch Control Center screen to adjust Apple Music volume and reduce the screen brightness.
    AMD releases 'Radeon Pro 500' Series graphics for iMac

    AMD releases 'Radeon Pro 500' Series graphics for iMac

    Featuring next-generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, iMac Pro is created to handle the most demanding pro workflows. The whole new Apple iMac 2017 lineup comes with the latest Intel processors and a markedly improved graphics department.
  • Warriors' Green will be on the court for this Finals Game 5

    During that time, they have earned an average of $6,466,698.49 per year for a grand total of $1,584,341,130 in career earnings. I'm having a great time right now". "Whenever I can put on a USA Basketball jersey". "Ahh, man, I never wanted this to end".
    Geese poop on Disneyland guests, hitting 17 people from air

    Geese poop on Disneyland guests, hitting 17 people from air

    Another commenter, laferney Road kid, wrote, "they no longer hand out those magic feathers.[so] happy that elephants don't fly". The singing geese at Disneyland's It's a Small World attraction have a firm alibi during the time of the attack.
    Apple Premieres First Original Series, 'Planet of the Apps'

    Apple Premieres First Original Series, 'Planet of the Apps'

    Apple Music is set to bow original series " Carpool Karaoke: The Series" on August 8, featuring a lineup of celebrity guests. The four stars and investors of the program are Will.i.am, Gwyneth Paltrow , Jessica Alba , and Gary Vaynerchuk .
popular