Bill Cosby's defense rests without hearing from famed comedian

Bill Cosby's lawyers put on a case consisting of just one witness and six minutes of testimony Monday, wrapping up the defense side in the sexual assault trial without the comedian himself taking the stand.

The Cosby Show star is fighting three charges of aggravated indecent assault relating to a 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand, a former employee at his alma mater, Temple University.

Bill Cosby won't be testifying at his sexual assault trial, after all.

Constand was in court with her mother to hear the closing arguments. It is worth noting that Bill Cosby has claimed to be legally blind, and it is entirely possible he simply didn't see his wife enter the courtroom and that the pair were photographed together outside the courthouse. For example, Cosby admitted to having bought quaaludes and given them to young women in order to have sex with them - exactly what Constand says Cosby did to her. She testified that Cosby gave her three small, blue pills that she thought were herbal supplements.

Bill Cosby's lead attorney Brian McMonagle addressed the jury for two hours Monday afternoon in closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sex assault case, reminding the jury of the number of times that Cosby accuser, Andrea Constand changed her statements, adding that Cosby's been open with police. "We know it out of his mouth and that is the case that you are here to decide".

In his excited and animated closing, McMonagle made emotional appeals to the jury, weaving anecdotes about parenting and patriotism as he argued Cosby's prosecution was "nonsense" driven by lawyers and media attention. Steele repeatedly brought up those depositions during his closing argument, saying Cosby's own words prove he had "knowledge" about the drugs he was "administering".

The defence case consisted of a six-minute appearance by a detective, seemingly created to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then.

Steele meticulously itemized evidence, arguing that it supported the state's assertion that Cosby "drugged" Constand.


She filed a police complaint in January 2005 after moving back home to the Toronto area, and then sued Cosby in March 2005 when the local prosecutor decided not to charge him.

Thirty years old at the time, she got to know Cosby while serving as director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. She said she later awoke to find Cosby groping her.

"Hopefully, you will have the last two words in this case, and I pray those words are not guilty", McMonagle said to the jury.

The detective, Sgt. Richard Schaffer, had testified last week as a prosecution witness.

McMonagle said he was working to "right a bad wrong" by representing Cosby, and said jurors looking to do the same should return a verdict of not guilty.

Cosby "taught us how to smile...and how to love each other, no matter what we look like", McMonagle said.

"Let's be real", he said.

As Crime Online previously reported, both the prosecution and defense lawyers faced challenges in selecting a jury pool that was not biased on way or another, given both Cosby's longtime popularity and the high-profile allegations against him.

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