Bill Cosby jury to hear more of his deposition testimony

Andrea Constand right leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Monday

Bill Cosby jury to hear more of his deposition testimony

The sequestered jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will return to court on Tuesday in Norristown, resume deliberations in the case that could send the 79-year-old comedian to prison for the rest of his life.

Cosby's future is now in the hands of the 12-person jury of seven men and five women, who are determining whether or not Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple employee Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Constand, 44, testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with her fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious. Cosby, who did not testify, has denied all allegations.

"All of the fancy lawyering ...can't get you around (Cosby's) own words", the prosecutor said.

The closing arguments came about quickly Monday after the defense began and closed its case in one morning. McMonagle told the jury.

Experts had said the legal risks would be considerable.

"Just tell the truth - what are we doing here?" he continued, one of many exclamations he made in a fiery and at times histrionic closing that lasted almost two hours.

Camille Cosby sat stoically in the first row behind her husband of 53 years at the defense table, about 30 feet from Constand.

Defense attorney Brian McMonagle's arguably biggest courtroom drama, the sex assault trial of entertainer Bill Cosby, has been a legal rematch with prosecutor Kevin Steele, who was on the opposing - and losing - side of a almost identical 2014 rape case.

He then turned on the reporters present in the courtroom, saying "we're here because of them", suggesting that the media frenzy around Cosby was to blame for the dozens of women who have accused the "Cosby Show" star of assaulting them.

Cosby's defense attorneys argued that his sexual contact with Constand was part of a consensual relationship between the two.

Shaffer told jurors under defence questioning that Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems more than a decade ago.

Only one other accuser, Kelly Johnson, who formerly worked for Cosby's agent, was allowed to testify for the prosecution last week; she said Cosby drugged her and assaulted her in a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles in 1996. "If you have sexual relations with someone when they're asleep, unconscious, that's a crime", Steele said.

The defense closed by accusing Constand of lying about an affair with Cosby and concocting the allegations to take advantage of the wealthy, older star. "We're talking about all the man's tomorrows", he said. Prosecutors presented nearly no forensic evidence, and legal experts have said the trial fits the "he said-she said" arguments so common to sexual offense cases.

They asked the judge to repeat two different parts of Cosby's statements to authorities, asked the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the charges, and asked to hear repeat testimony from the Canadian detective who interviewed Constand. O'Neill asked Cosby if he discussed the issue with his attorneys and if he understood there is no obligation to testify, as the burden to prove the charges of aggravated indecent sexual assault case lies exclusively with the prosecutors. "This is talking to a lover", Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle said.

During his 90-minute closing statement, McMonagle accused Constand of changing her story over the years, and said it was suspicious that she called a lawyer before she told her family. The couple also has four daughters.

In those depositions, Cosby admitted to stockpiling quaaludes for the express objective of giving them to young women he wanted to have sexual contact with.

She sued Cosby after prosecutors declined to press charges in 2005.

ISteele asked why Cosby never tell the Constands, who asked multiple times, that the pills he gave Andrea were Benadryl.

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

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