Cosby trial jury begins first full day of deliberations today

FILE Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer praised the new sanctions

FILE Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer praised the new sanctions

Lead defense attorney Brian McMonagle's final argument swung wildly from whispered portrayals of Cosby and Constand's "romantic" relationship to exasperated shouts, urging jurors that Constand's misstatements to police - including about the date of the night in question - must create doubt about Constand's accusations that Cosby committed sexual assault.

Cosby says his attorneys won't call any character witnesses.

Cosby, the famed comedian, did not testify in his own defense, and his defense rested after calling just one repeat witness for further questioning.

As they pored over Cosby's words, the jurors appeared to struggle with some language in one of the charges against him: "without her knowledge". Prosecutors and police detectives read aloud portions of Cosby's statements to police in 2005 and in a civil deposition in 2006.

Next, instructions are expected to be given to the jury, which will decide on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The closing arguments capped a weeklong trial against the entertainer, accused of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Constand in his Cheltenham home in 2004.

That means a conviction would put Cosby in prison at least until he is 84 years old, based on state sentencing guidelines.

The jury of seven men and five women were bused in from Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and have been sequestered in a hotel for the trial. The jury began deliberating about 5:25 p.m. and asked the court one question around 7:15 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m.

Since beginning deliberations on Monday afternoon, jurors have asked to hear some of Cosby's prior statements, including his description of the pills he gave Constand prior to the alleged attack.

Cosby's wife of 53 years has given a deposition in the past, but whether she testifies at the trial has not been revealed.

"Put them down, they're your friends". Cosby's spokesman suggested last week that the comic might take the stand, but his lawyers were mum.

She became incapacitated and felt "frozen" and told him so, she testified. Camille Cosby isn't in the courtroom for that. Andrea Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her paralyzed and unable to fight him off as he groped her breast and genitals. He also said he had previously obtained Quaaludes, a powerful sedative, with the intention of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. Constand said she had to return calls from the Temple University trustee because he was an important booster and she worked for the women's basketball team. Cosby has said he is legally blind because of glaucoma.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

He also said she phoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault.

But Steele said it's no accident that some of Constand's memories are faulty. McMonagle said that while the comedian had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn't commit a crime. Her mother, Gianna Constand, left midway during McMonagle's closing arguments in which he repeatedly branded her daughter as a liar. He showed jurors copies of deposition transcripts and police interviews in which Cosby admitted to giving Constand a dose of Benadryl, an over-the-counter allergy medication he uses as a sleep aid, and discussing his sexual preferences.

"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", District Attorney Kevin Steele said in his closing argument, according to Reuters.

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning comedian of being a serial sexual predator in remarkably similar accusations that span four decades, ending his career and shredding his reputation. Prosecutors wanted to call a dozen of the accusers to testify in the trial, but Mr O'Neill allowed just one, Kelly Johnson, who testified that Mr Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in 1996.

On Monday, for the first time, Cosby, 79 and almost blind, was accompanied to court by his wife of more than 50 years, Camille.

The defense lawyer then made the connection to Cosby, saying that he was flawed, but his entertainment also changed how many saw the world. The former actor was joined last Monday by Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". He noted she first told police that she cut off contact with Cosby after the incident but actually called him more than 50 times over two months.

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