Cosby's defense rests its case, closing arguments to begin

NORRISTOWN Pa | Cosby defense team lobs attacks in court of public opinion

Judge O'Neill told jurors before dismissing them to enjoy their day.

That trial hinged largely on chief accuser Andrea Constand's testimony alleging that the "Cosby Show" star once known as America's Dad knocked her out with three pills and violated her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

Cosby, 80, didn't take the stand at his first trial, either, last year.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and molesting Andrea Costand, the former director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, where for years Cosby was a trustee and major financial donor.

Jurors heard testimony from 25 witnesses during the April retrial at Montgomery county court in Pennsylvania. Fifteen of the witnesses, five of whom included women who have accused Cosby in graphic detail of drugging and raping them, belonged to the prosecution, while the defense called just ten, including one woman who claimed that Cosby's main accuser admitted she wanted to frame the entertainer for money.

Jurors heard from Cosby in the form of an explosive deposition he gave in 2005 and 2006 as part of Ms Constand's civil suit against him. In it, Cosby acknowledged he gave the sedative quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s.

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Cosby has said his 2004 sexual encounter with Constand was consensual.

The star defence witness was a former colleague of Ms Constand who says she spoke of levelling false sexual assault accusations against a high-profile person for the objective of filing a civil suit.

But prosecutors pointed out multiple stretches of time that month when Cosby wasn't aboard his private jet or performing around the country. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele asked him whether Cosby could have taken other means of transportation between NY and his Philadelphia residence that wouldn't have shown up on flight records.

This time around, the same prosecution team faced off against an entirely new defense team, led by celebrity attorney Tom Mesereau, who mounted a far more aggressive strategy in defending Cosby than the previous team by focusing on attacking the credibility of Constand. Cosby's lawyers argue that any encounter with Constand at his suburban home must have happened earlier, thus falling outside the statute of limitations.

"We know and we believe that these jurors will be fair and impartial, they will heed the oath they took when they were selected, and we feel they will look at the facts, will go back and visit the truth", said Andrew Wyatt, spokesman for Cosby.

Yarbrough went through travel itineraries for Cosby for that month, revealing him to have been away for gigs in Florida, Arizona, Kentucky and MI on January 4-5, January 10-11, January 16-17, January 27-28 and January 30-31. "You can't tell us whether he got on a train". They said Williams would show Constand "could not have been the unwitting victim" prosecutors have portrayed.

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