Bill Cosby 'in good spirits' as he awaits trial verdict

Bill Cosby 'in good spirits' as he awaits trial verdict

Bill Cosby 'in good spirits' as he awaits trial verdict

NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA | The Pennsylvania jurors who will decide whether to convict Bill Cosby of sexual assault reviewed the entertainer's account as well as that of his accuser on Tuesday, as their deliberations stretched past the 13-hour mark. The charges were lodged against Cosby on December 30, 2015, before the 12-year statute of limitations to file charges expired.

On Tuesday, jurors returned to court asking to hear again from Cosby's original deposition in the case from 2005.

Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill also read portions of the deposition in which Cosby said he claimed he had a prior sexual encounter with Constand.

Constand, however, testified that she took them only after Cosby intimated they were herbal and that the drugs left her unable to resist his assault.

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

During the trial, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele alleged Cosby was a trusted friend and mentor who took advantage of a woman in a "vulnerable state", plied Constand with "three blue pills" and sexually assaulted her at his Cheltenham mansion in mid-January 2004.

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.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand, 44, and is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, including allegedly assaulting an unconscious victim and allegedly delivering an intoxicant to a victim.

Cosby, 79, whose long career was based on a family-friendly comedy style, did not testify.

Constand chose to return to court for closing arguments Monday after giving more than seven hours of testimony.

"Correct!" Cosby replied loudly, according to multiple reports, as his wife, Camille, watched from the gallery - attending the trial for the first time.

And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner.

Cosby's attorneys sought to portray her as a woman whose allegations were motivated by money.

Jackson's statement said she roomed with Constand while on a trip with the university's women's basketball team.

"To send this message, we really only need one", she says.

They told the judge they wanted the "full context" of Cosby's testimony about the pills he gave to Ms Constand, which he had described to her as "friends".

Cosby also told investigators he gave Constand Benadryl on the night in question, "One whole and then one broke in half". The defense started and ended its case Monday with six minutes of repeat testimony from a detective. His accuser Constand, her mother, and another accuser, Kelly Johnson, took the stand.

"They can still find a different form of justice, and that may be just having a voice and having their stories heard", said Jacobs.

Nonetheless, the comedian whose storytelling artistry fueled a $400 million fortune went quiet when he had the chance to take the stand, unwilling to risk cross-examination about his 60 other accusers if he denied ever drugging or molesting anyone. After Jackson pressed her, Constand admitted it had not happened but said she could easily use the story to make money off the man, Jackson said. "Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship? Why?"

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