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Cosby Rape Trial Heads To Jury; Defense Called Only One Witness

Bill Cosby earnings to a courtroom following a mangle in his hearing Monday in Norristown, Pa. A former Temple University worker alleges that Cosby unperceiving and molested her in 2004 during his home in suburban Philadelphia. The invulnerability group complacent after usually 6 minutes.

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Bill Cosby earnings to a courtroom following a mangle in his hearing Monday in Norristown, Pa. A former Temple University worker alleges that Cosby unperceiving and molested her in 2004 during his home in suburban Philadelphia. The invulnerability group complacent after usually 6 minutes.

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Jury deliberations have begun in a passionate attack hearing of comedian Bill Cosby, after a charge and invulnerability presented their shutting arguments on Monday.

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Cosby is indicted of drugging and intimately assaulting Andrea Constand during his home nearby Philadelphia in 2004. Cosby has been indicted of raping or assaulting dozens of women, mostly after charity or slipping them drugs. By a time a stories became open knowledge, a government of stipulations had lapsed on many of a cases; Constand’s box is an exception.

The Associated Press provides some background:

“Constand, 44, testified … that Cosby gave her 3 blue pills and afterwards penetrated her with [his] fingers opposite her will as she lay inept and half-conscious. She sued Cosby after prosecutors in 2005 declined to press charges.

“Cosby testified over a decade ago as partial of her lawsuit, eventually settling a box for an undisclosed sum. His deposition was hermetic for years until a decider expelled tools in 2015 during a ask of The Associated Press, call a new set of prosecutors to take a uninformed demeanour during a case.

“Cosby was charged a year and a half ago, usually before a government of stipulations was set to run out.”

Last week a charge spent days laying out a box opposite Cosby, job 12 witnesses to a stand. As NPR reported final week, Constand testified, revelation her story in open for a initial time. She spent scarcely 7 hours on a mount over dual days, as Cosby’s attorneys attempted to criticise her credibility.

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On Monday, a invulnerability altered by a box — quickly, reports Laura Benshoff of member hire WHYY.

“Cosby’s lawyers spent usually a few mins seeking a internal investigator either or not he was wakeful of a entertainer’s prophesy problems in 2005,” Benshoff reports:

“In closing, lead invulnerability profession Brian McMonagle called a accuser’s statements a ‘stone cold lie.’ … The invulnerability spent some-more than an hour rehashing a claims that Cosby and Constand were in a regretful relationship, and implying that she concocted a attack with a assistance of attorneys.”

Cosby did not take a stand, and a invulnerability complacent after usually one witness.

Constand was in a courtroom for a defense’s shutting arguments on Monday, as was Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, Reuters reports:

“McMonagle argued that Cosby was guilty of infidelity though no crime.

” ‘We’re not perfect, are we?’ he said, pausing and looking during Camille Cosby, 73.

“McMonagle focused on Constand’s changeable story, indicating out that she altered her guess of when a purported attack occurred several times in vocalization with military in 2005.

” ‘She’d remember it for a subsequent 365 days and all a days of her life if there were a passionate attack in this case,’ a profession said.”

Prosecutors pronounced that Cosby, during his deposition some-more than a decade ago, certified to giving Constand pills (Cosby pronounced it was Benadryl) and touching her sexually.

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“Ladies and gentlemen, he has told we what he has done,” District Attorney Kevin Steele pronounced in his shutting argument, according to Reuters. “It is about as candid as we are ever going to see in a sex crimes case. … If we have passionate family with somebody when they’re out, when they’re asleep, when they’re unconscious, that is a crime.”

If convicted, Cosby could spend a rest of his life in prison, a AP notes.