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    Jury Selection For Bill Cosby’s Retrial Slated For March 29

    Jan 22, 2018


    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection for Bill Cosby’s criminal sex assault retrial will start March 29 in the suburban Philadelphia county where he’s accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

    The 80-year-old entertainer’s first trial had jurors from the Pittsburgh area, about 300 miles away. It ended in a mistrial when they couldn’t reach a verdict after five days of deliberations.

    This time, Montgomery County prosecutors and Cosby’s new defense team have agreed to seek a local jury for the retrial, scheduled for April 2.


    Cosby’s former lawyers insisted on a jury from a different county because the case was an issue in the local district attorney’s race.

    Last time it took three days to select 12 jurors and six alternates.


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    Cosby's lawyers: We were wrong about hidden-evidence claim
    Monday, February 05, 2018

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    Bill Cosby's lawyers admitted Monday that they wrongly accused prosecutors in his criminal sexual-assault case of withholding evidence — an assertion seething prosecutors blasted as "outrageous and reckless."
    Members of Cosby's retooled defense team acknowledged in a court filing that they made the bold, headline-grabbing claim last month without realizing prosecutors had already told Cosby's former lawyer about interviewing a woman who cast doubt on his accuser.

    Prosecutors said the former Cosby lawyer, Brian McMonagle, contacted them the day after the Cosby team made the allegations and that he confirmed being aware that the prosecution interviewed Marguerite Jackson before Cosby's first trial, which ended in a hung jury last June. A retrial is scheduled to begin April 2.

    Cosby's lawyers claimed in a Jan. 26 court filing that prosecutors failed to disclose the interview until recently and that detectives had destroyed their notes. Prosecutors said they told McMonagle last year that no notes were taken.
    "Facts matter," prosecutors wrote in their rebuttal, filed around the same time Monday that Cosby's lawyers were conceding their mistake.
    "The facts and the truth were easily ascertainable," prosecutors said, but Cosby and his lawyers "just did not care to find them."
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    Bill Cosby back in court before retrial, loses bid to dismiss sexual assault case
    Updated 4:22 p.m. ET March 5, 2018

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    A day after Hollywood's first Oscars of the Me Too era, Bill Cosby went to court Monday seeking to get his sexual assault case immediately tossed out, but the judge rejected his bid.
    His lawyers next turned to trying to stop some of his dozens of accusers from testifying at his April 2 retrial.
    On the first day of two days of pre-trial hearings, Cosby's lawyers argued that telephone records, travel itineraries and other evidence show the alleged crime with which he's charged couldn't have happened when prosecutors say it did.
    They're disputing accuser Andrea Constand's testimony at Cosby's first trial last year that the 80-year-old entertainer drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.
    Cosby's lawyers say the evidence they've found shows he wasn't even in Pennsylvania during that time. Cosby was arrested on Dec. 30, 2015, meaning any encounter prior to Dec. 30, 2003 would've been outside the 12-year statute of limitations for Pennsylvania.

    Judge Steven O'Neill said he'd leave that for the jury to decide, rejecting a defense motion to dismiss the charges immediately.
    O'Neill presided over Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges last June; the jury deadlocked on a verdict, setting the stage for a retrial.
    Having failed to get rid of the charges, Cosby's retooled defense team, led by former Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau, turned to arguments over potential witnesses at a new trial.
    Cosby, whose daughter, Ensa, 44, died of kidney disease 10 days ago, walked into the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia Monday morning on the arm of his spokesman.
    Judge O'Neill also dealt with a skirmish involving the two sides: He put Cosby's team on notice after they falsely accused prosecutors of hiding or destroying evidence in his sexual assault case, and he rejected the prosecution's request to throw Cosby's new lawyers off the case.
    O'Neill outlined the other matters that need to be resolved, including whether as many as 19 other accusers can be called to testify against Cosby and if his lawyers can discuss his civil settlement with accuser Andrea Constand.

    Jury selection is slated to begin March 29.

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    Judge Will Allow Five Women to Testify Bill Cosby Drugged and Raped Them

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    03.15.18 3:17 PM ET

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    In a huge win for prosecutors, multiple women will tell a jury how the comedian preyed on them. It could make the case against him stick during the retrial.
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    NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania—Five women who say Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them may testify at his upcoming Pennsylvania trial, Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Thursday.
    The ruling may determine the result of the retrial after a jury deadlocked in the initial Cosby trial where only one woman testified in addition to accuser Andrea Constand.

    Cosby’s defense attorneys and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office had no immediate comment.
    Cosby, 80, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania mansion in January 2004. Last June, O’Neill declared a mistrial after jurors deliberated for 52 hours without being able to reach a verdict. His new trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 2, with jury selection starting on March 29.
    The two sides met in court on March 5 and 6 to argue several pre-trial motions. The most heated exchanges were over Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele’s request to have 19 accusers to testify as “prior bad act” witnesses to show a “common plan, scheme or design.”
    Cosby’s teams had argued allowing any of them to testify — let alone all of them — would unfairly bias the jury, especially in light of the recent #metoo movement, which has already toppled more than 100 men.

    “The purpose would just be to enrage the jury this time fueled by even more prejudicial…#metoo accusations that have nothing to do with Mr. Cosby at all,” Los Angeles attorney Becky James told the court. “With that atmosphere it’s going to be hard enough to get the jury to focus on the case itself, but to bring in 19 witnesses in that environment would be extremely prejudicial.”

    \Montgomery County Assistant District Adrienne Jappe, however, argued that Cosby’s drugging and sexual assault of Constand was part of a “sadistic sexual script” he’d perfected over the course of four decades.
    “He did the same thing to 19 other women in a strikingly similar fashion,” she said. “In other words, the defendant systemically engaged in a signature pattern of providing an intoxicant to his young female victim then sexually assaulting her once she became incapacitated. Each of these victims have come forward with harrowing accounts of drug-facilitated sexual assaults with the defendant.
    “All of these instances shared…a signature for purposes of a common plan or scheme,” she said.
    After the hearing, O’Neill issued an order telling both sides to file post-hearing memorandums of law by March 12.
    “The Commonwealth’s argument …necessarily rests on the question of ‘what are the chances’ that so many accusers are fabricating their reports of sexual assault, “ Cosby’s defense attorneys wrote in their filing. “In this case the chances are quite high because …the accusers’ stories have all been influenced by one another and all of the accusers have motives to fabricate.”

    They also continued to object to the advocacy group RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) trying to intervene in the case by filing an amicus brief in the case, something the prosecution mentioned repeatedly at the March 6 hearing and which the judge opposed as well.
    Apparently, Steele tried to just then include their brief in his post-hearing memo filed March 12 but the judge issued an order striking it from the record and gave him an additional 24 hours to file a new one.
    In the post-hearing brief, Steele proceeded to cite a multitude of rape statistics, saying allowing the women to testify “could help to mitigate the prejudice among jurors to rape victims,” especially ones that delay reporting the crime to law enforcement, as Constand did for nearly a year.

    “Out of every 1,000 rapes, only 310 will be reported to law enforcement,” Steele wrote, citing statistics from RAINN. “Only a fraction of those reported will lead to a conviction. This is especially concerning given that in the United States, another individual experiences sexual assault every 98 seconds. Among the chief reasons victims cite when explaining a decision to avoid altogether or delay a report to officials: fear of being disbelieved.”
    Some legal experts feel getting a conviction is an uphill battle, regardless of how many accusers testify.
    “Jurors in sexual assault cases want a lot of evidence,” Rich DeSipio, a former sex crimes prosecutor in Montgomery County and Philadelphia, told The Daily Beast. “The year delay in reporting — many get it. Many do not. The legal definitions of the crimes are too vague and complex. Unconscious, reckless, unreasonable and severely impaired have different meanings to different people. The case being closed then reopened some jurors will not like. They google even though told not to.

    “Out of every 1,000 rapes, only 310 will be reported to law enforcement,” Steele wrote, citing statistics from RAINN. “Only a fraction of those reported will lead to a conviction. This is especially concerning given that in the United States, another individual experiences sexual assault every 98 seconds. Among the chief reasons victims cite when explaining a decision to avoid altogether or delay a report to officials: fear of being disbelieved.”
    Some legal experts feel getting a conviction is an uphill battle, regardless of how many accusers testify.
    “Jurors in sexual assault cases want a lot of evidence,” Rich DeSipio, a former sex crimes prosecutor in Montgomery County and Philadelphia, told The Daily Beast. “The year delay in reporting — many get it. Many do not. The legal definitions of the crimes are too vague and complex. Unconscious, reckless, unreasonable and severely impaired have different meanings to different people. The case being closed then reopened some jurors will not like. They google even though told not to.

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    Bill Cosby Wants Judge Replaced Because of His Wife’s Advocacy=
    MARCH 22, 2018

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    Bill Cosby, approaching a retrial on charges he drugged and molested a young woman in 2004, is seeking to have the presiding judge replaced because the judge’s wife has been an active supporter of sexual assault victims.
    In a motion filed Thursday, Mr. Cosby’s lawyers said that there was a “clear appearance of partiality” on the part of Judge Steven T. O’Neill and that he should be replaced by another, randomly selected judge.
    The court papers note that Judge O’Neill’s wife, Deborah V. O’Neill, a social worker at the University of Pennsylvania, is an advocate for victims of sexual assault. She leads the university’s Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention program and has donated, the court papers say, to a campus group, V-Day UPenn, that has given money to a group that plans to rally outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the retrial. The rally is being organized to show support for Andrea Constand, the accuser in this case, and other women who have accused Mr. Cosby of sexual abuse.

    “Thus, Dr. O’Neill — the spouse of the trial judge presiding over this case — has apparently donated marital assets to the very organization that will be protesting against Mr. Cosby at his upcoming retrial, whose stated purpose is to show support for Andrea Constand and the other 404(b) accusers,” the memo says.
    A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment but said the office would file a response to the motion.

    Legal experts said that the standard for removing a judge for a potential conflict of interest was very high, and that judges are norm

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    Ex-model Janice Dickinson picked to testify against Bill Cosby at his retrial
    Updated 7:10 p.m. ET March 28, 2018

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    Former model Janice Dickinson, one of Bill Cosby's most bitter accusers, is one of five additional women prosecutors plan to call to the stand at Cosby's sexual assault retrial starting next week.
    Prosecutors named Dickinson in a letter informing Judge Steven O'Neill which women they planned to call at Cosby's April 2 retrial on charges he drugged and molested former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
    The letter was made public Wednesday as an appeals court rejected Cosby's bid to challenge O'Neill's decision allowing the women to testify.
    District Attorney Kevin Steele's prosecution team had until Thursday to let the judge and Cosby's defense team know which five of a total of 19 other Cosby accusers he sought to bolster Constand's accusation by testifying about alleged similar "prior bad acts" by Cosby.
    O'Neill is scheduled Thursday to begin hearing pre-trial motions from defense lawyers and prosecutors seeking to block the other side from bringing up various issues at the retrial.

    In the letter to O'Neill and other filings, prosecutors listed the other accusers only by witness number. The Associated Press was able to identify them by cross-referencing the details of the allegations described in court filings with statements and other accounts they have made publicly. They are among five dozen women who have publicly accused Cosby of drugging and/or raping them in episodes dating back to the 1960s.
    Dickinson says Cosby knocked her out with a pill and raped her in 1982 after a dinner in Lake Tahoe where Cosby was performing.Attorneys for Cosby, now 80, have said the women's memories are tainted at best and tried to get them barred from testifying, but their request was denied

    O'Neill let prosecutors pick five of the eight women whose allegations are the most recent against Cosby, dating to the 1980s.
    During Cosby's first trial on the Constand allegations in June 2017, O'Neill allowed only one other accuser to testify, Kelly Johnson, who said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles in 1996.
    That trial ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. For the retrial, prosecutors have passed on calling back Johnson.
    Dickinson, 63, who has been credited with coining the term "supermodel," has been fiercely critical of Cosby since she first came forward with her allegation in public in the fall of 2014. She said the alleged rape had a profound effect on her life, leading to self-harming behavior.
    “I would like for Cosby to at least acknowledge that he is a pig, that he is a monster, and that he raped me,” she told CNN before breaking into tears.


    O'Neill let prosecutors pick five of the eight women whose allegations are the most recent against Cosby, dating to the 1980s.
    During Cosby's first trial on the Constand allegations in June 2017, O'Neill allowed only one other accuser to testify, Kelly Johnson, who said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles in 1996.
    That trial ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. For the retrial, prosecutors have passed on calling back Johnson.
    Dickinson, 63, who has been credited with coining the term "supermodel," has been fiercely critical of Cosby since she first came forward with her allegation in public in the fall of 2014. She said the alleged rape had a profound effect on her life, leading to self-harming behavior.
    “I would like for Cosby to at least acknowledge that he is a pig, that he is a monster, and that he raped me,” she told CNN before breaking into tears.

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    Wow. They better prepare her really good for her testimony.
    She tends to go all over the place and still has great anger.

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    Bill Cosby is on trial again. But a lot has changed since his mistrial last year
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    Less than a year after his trial ended in a hung jury, Bill Cosby will again stand trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
    This time, though, the proceedings will unfold in a markedly different courtroom -- and a different world.
    As before, the state criminal case centers on Cosby's word against that of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who alleges Cosby drugged her, then assaulted her in January 2004 at his home near Philadelphia.
    Cosby, whose reputation has collapsed since his '80s sitcom redefined mainstream depictions of African-American families on TV, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. At his first trial, defense attorneys tried to poke holes in Constand's version of events and argued that they had a consensual sexual relationship.

    Less than a year after his trial ended in a hung jury, Bill Cosby will again stand trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
    This time, though, the proceedings will unfold in a markedly different courtroom -- and a different world.
    As before, the state criminal case centers on Cosby's word against that of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who alleges Cosby drugged her, then assaulted her in January 2004 at his home near Philadelphia.
    Cosby, whose reputation has collapsed since his '80s sitcom redefined mainstream depictions of African-American families on TV, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. At his first trial, defense attorneys tried to poke holes in Constand's version of events and argued that they had a consensual sexual relationship.

    What's happening now: Sexual harassment and assault allegations that emerged last fall against film producer Harvey Weinstein inspired a broader public reckoning with powerful men abusing their power and mistreating women.
    The #MeToo movement has changed the way the public sees celebrities accused of misconduct and the women who say they've been abused. It has also solidified the idea that men who abuse their power should be punished for their misconduct, as we've seen other comedians, politicians and business executives who've lost their jobs and businesses.

    What the change means: This cultural shift is particularly important for Cosby, a barrier-busting comedian who for years capitalized on his warm, fatherly reputation. The notion that celebrities with good reputations would not harm others "has been substantially deflated" by the #MeToo movement, Fordham Law associate professor James Cohen told CNN.
    "It's now become much, much easier because of the #MeToo movement to see through that (idea) and to accept the fact that, just as in some of these other cases, it's likely not true," he said.
    Although Constand's allegations against Cosby predate #MeToo, his retrial will unfold against its backdrop, Wu said.

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    Most in Cosby jury pool have made up minds, know of #MeToo
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    Prosecutors and the defense began picking a jury for Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial Monday in a #MeToo era that could make the task more difficult.

    More than half of the 120 potential jurors who answered questions about their background and views told a judge they had already formed an opinion about the comedian’s guilt or innocence.
    And all but one had heard or seen something about #MeToo, the powerful cultural movement that’s been exposing sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

    Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He says the sexual encounter was consensual. His first trial ended in a hung jury.

    As jury selection for the retrial got underway Monday, all but 10 potential jurors indicated they had knowledge of the case.
    While the jury in the first trial came from Allegheny County on the other side of the state, the jury for the retrial is from the Philadelphia suburbs in Montgomery County.
    Experts say the campaign that has felled major figures in news and entertainment could cut both ways for the comedian, making some potential jurors more hostile and others more likely to think men are being unfairly accused.
    Comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial starts Monday in Norristown, Pennsylvania, with jury selection expected to last several days. Associated Press reporter Mike Sisak recaps events that have led up to the retrial. (April 2)

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    Bill Cosby Jury Is Set After a Dispute Over the Racial Makeup
    APRIL 4, 2018

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    NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A jury of seven men and five women will sit at the retrial of Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges, a court here decided on Wednesday.
    After almost three days of jury selection, prosecutors and lawyers for Mr. Cosby agreed on the final member of the panel, a white man, ending a drawn-out process in which the defense team used all but one of its seven strikes. The jury selection was closely watched because Mr. Cosby’s previous trial on the same charges ended last summer with a hung jury that was unable to reach a verdict after six days of deliberation.
    Jurors this time were asked whether they had formed opinions about Mr. Cosby’s guilt or innocence in the highly publicized case, whether they were already too influenced by the #MeToo movement and allegations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and whether they or a close family member had been a victim of a sexual assault.
    Two of the 12 jurors — a man and a woman — are black; the rest are white. All are residents of Montgomery County, a predominantly white suburban area north of Philadelphia.

    Kathleen Bliss, an attorney for Mr. Cosby, also accused prosecutors of making a racially offensive comment that was overheard by a member of the defense team. Ms. Bliss made a so-called Batson claim — in which a lawyer objects to a challenge brought by the other side, claiming that it was motivated by race, sex or ethnicity — forcing the judge to suspend jury selection to hear arguments.
    “She passed every single stage as a fair and impartial juror,” Ms. Bliss said. “There’s no other explanation other than her race.”
    The Montgomery County district attorney, Kevin R. Steele, dismissed Ms. Bliss’s Batson challenge as “ludicrous,” saying that prosecutors had agreed to both the black jurors to emerge from the jury pool.
    “We have had two available African-Americans for jury selection in this case,” Mr. Steele said. “We had gladly taken both of those seemingly very responsible people, and they are on our jury panel.”
    Mr. Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault for an encounter with his accuser, Andrea Constand, at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. He denies the charges and says the sexual contact was consensual.
    Opening arguments are scheduled to begin on Monday.

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    Bill Cosby Returns to Court. Here’s Why His Retrial Is No Repeat.
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    When it begins Monday, Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges will appear very similar in some respects to the first trial that ended inconclusively nearly ten months ago with a deadlocked jury. The courthouse in Norristown, Pa., will be the same. Andrea Constand, 44, will take the stand again to give her account of an encounter at Mr. Cosby’s home outside Philadelphia in 2004 that turned, she said, into a drugging and an act of sexual molestation. Mr. Cosby’s defense will still center on the argument that this was a consensual act.
    But much else about this second trial will be different, starting with how the prosecution will present its case.

    Five other accusers, not just one
    At the first trial, one other woman who said she was also drugged and assaulted by Mr. Cosby, 80, was allowed to testify in addition to Ms. Constand. This time, Judge Steven T. O’Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas is allowing prosecutors to present the accounts of five additional women with similar accusations.
    One of those accusers is scheduled to be Janice Dickinson, the onetime supermodel, who said Mr. Cosby had drugged and raped her in a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982. (She has also sued Mr. Cosby for defamation.) The four other so-called “prior bad acts” witnesses were, at the time, aspiring actresses or models, and in one case a bartender, who say they were assaulted by Mr. Cosby between 1982 and 1989, all incidents he denies occurred.
    Judge O’Neill has not said why he has allowed more accusers this time around. But experts say the additional accusations will help bolster Ms. Constand’s credibility as just one of a line of women who say Mr. Cosby abused them. She is the only woman whose complaint has resulted in criminal charges against the entertainer.

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    Prosecutors reveal Cosby paid his accuser nearly $3.4M
    April 9, 2018

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    Comedian Bill Cosby paid out nearly $3.4 million in a civil settlement with Andrea Constand, the woman he is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004.
    Prosecutors revealed the sum during opening statements Monday afternoon as Cosby’s second criminal trial got underway.
    Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele called the alleged crime one of betrayal by a trusted friend.
    “I talk about trust that was built over time, that was built by the defendant,” said Steele, as quotes from a 2005 deposition Cosby gave flashed on a large screen in front of the jury. In one statement, Cosby said he developed a romantic interest in Constand “probably the first time I saw her.”
    Steele said that proves that when Cosby befriended Constand and gave her career advice, he had an ulterior motive.
    Steele also pre-empted a likely argument by the defense, announcing that Cosby paid Constand $3,380,000 in a 2006 civil settlement, after local law enforcement initially declined to press criminal charges against him. That number was kept confidential until now. In a pretrial hearing, defense attorney Tom Mesereau said it showed Constand was “greedy.”

    Steele also attempted to explain the lapse in time between the alleged assault and filing criminal charges.
    “Andrea Constand didn’t come to us” looking to reopen the case after a judge released previously confidential testimony by Cosby from 2005, said Steele. Rather, he said, prosecutors approached Constand in 2015 and asked if she was willing to cooperate.
    Cheltenham police arrested Cosby on Dec. 30, 2015, on three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

    The prosecution displayed a pastiche of Cosby’s sworn statements to the jury, highlighting their argument that the 80-year-old entertainer knowingly incapacitated Constand, stopping short of rape. In one statement, Cosby told Constand’s attorneys he never had sexual intercourse with her, “never asleep or awake.”
    The trial was supposed to start Monday morning, but before the proceedings could begin, Judge Steven O’Neill delayed court to interview jurors. The defense had filed a motion on Friday asking to remove Juror No. 11 because he allegedly said Cosby is guilty. O’Neill indicated he had ruled on the motion, but did not share his decision before continuing the trial Monday afternoon with Juror No. 11 still seated.
    Earlier that morning, a topless protester who ran in front of a bank of cameras towards Cosby was arrested and charged with a summary offense.
    The protester, 38-year-old Nicolle Rochelle, is an actress and performance artist who had a guest role on “The Cosby Show” as a preteen. Police tackled her into a hedge and took her away in handcuffs.

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    April 10, 2018, 12:27 PM
    Bill Cosby's lawyer launches blistering attack on Andrea Constand

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    Bill Cosby's lawyer launched a blistering courtroom attack on the comedian's accuser Tuesday, branding her a con artist whose goal was "money, money and lots more money." Tom Mesereau told jurors in his opening statement at the former TV star's sex-assault trial that Andrea Constand wasn't attracted to Cosby but was "madly in love" with his fame and money and made up the accusations to score a big payday.
    He said she "hit the jackpot" when Cosby paid her $3.4 million to settle her lawsuit over allegations he drugged and molested her in 2004.
    Prosecutors say it was the "Cosby Show" star who betrayed Constand's trust by giving her pills and then violating her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion. Cosby, 80, faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
    A jury deadlocked at his first trial last spring, setting the stage for a retrial

    District Attorney Kevin Steele revealed the previously secret settlement amount in his opening statement on Monday, in an apparent attempt to suggest Cosby wouldn't have paid out so much money if the accusations against him were false.
    Mesereau, who won an acquittal in Michael Jackson's 2005 child molestation case, told the jury instead that Constand was in deep financial trouble and had pinned her hopes on milking her relationship with Cosby.
    Constand stiffed roommates on utility bills, racked up big credit card bills and operated a Ponzi scheme while running women's basketball operations at Temple University, where Cosby was an alumnus and trustee, Mesereau said.
    He said Constand went to Cosby's home at least a half-dozen times and sneaked into bed with him at a Connecticut casino.
    "You're going to be wondering: What did she want from Bill Cosby?" Mesereau said. "You already know the answer: money, money and lots more money."
    He said Constand outlined her scheme to a Temple University colleague, Marguerite Jackson. The defense plans to call Jackson as a witness, and Mesereau said she will testify that Constand -- inspired by a story they saw on the news -- mused about setting up a celebrity so she could sue and get money.
    "A con artist is what you get, ladies and gentlemen of the jury," the defense attorney said. "A con artist. And we'll prove it."
    Cosby's legal team at his first trial wasn't nearly as aggressive in attacking Constand, focusing instead on inconsistencies in her statements to police and arguing the pair had a romantic relationship. The jury that time was not permitted to hear about the settlement, nor was Jackson allowed to take the stand.


    Under no such constraints this time, the defense let loose on Constand.
    If Constand wasn't interested in Cosby's advances, Mesereau said, "Why do you keep going back and back and back and back? Because there's something that you want. I wonder what it is. She's now a multi-millionaire because she pulled it off."
    Some 60 women have come forward with allegations against Cosby dating to the 1960s. In a deposition he gave as part of Constand's lawsuit, the long-married comedian acknowledged giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with

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    If I were on this jury, my first question in my mind is, if this was a consensual affair, why would he pay millions of $$$ to keep her quiet?
    I'm going to be waiting for the fact that she was and is gay comes out. I'm sure it's possible, but a gay women doesn't usually have consensual sex with men. Nor do I think they throw themselves at a man.

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    Changing tactics: Cosby defense aggressively attacks accuser
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    As Bill Cosby stands trial a second time over allegations he sexually molested a woman in 2004, his new, high-powered Hollywood lawyer took a far more aggressive tone toward the accuser in his opening statement Tuesday.
    Armed with a couple key rulings that could help the defense, Tom Mesereau told jurors that Andrea Constand is a "con artist" who framed his client because she was after "money, money and lots more money." Mesereau made the point repeatedly as he sought to cast Constand as the villain, and Cosby her victim.
    Cosby's lawyer for his first trial , by contrast, tried to undermine Constand's credibility by focusing on what he said were her shifting accounts to police.

    In his opening statement last June, Brian McMonagle said Constand hadn't told the truth — but only hinted at her alleged motivation.

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    On witness stand, accuser calls Bill Cosby a 'serial rapist'
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    The first accuser to testify at Bill Cosby's retrial described the comedian Wednesday as "a serial rapist" as she parried with his lawyers, while a second accuser tearfully confronted the comedian over a 32-year-old assault allegation: "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?"
    The courtroom dramatics prompted mistrial requests from Cosby's lawyers — which were denied — as prosecutors began putting on a parade of women who say Cosby drugged and molested them long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his sexual assault retrial.
    Sobbing uncontrollably as she testified, Chelan Lasha told jurors she got to know Cosby through a family connection as a 17-year-old aspiring model and actress. She met the star at a Las Vegas hotel in 1986 under the pretense that he had arranged a photo shoot for her


    She said Cosby gave her a little blue pill he described as an antihistamine to help her get over a cold, along with two shots of amaretto "to help break up the cough." The combination immobilized her and rendered her unable to speak. Cosby then assaulted her, touching her breast and rubbing himself against her leg, Lasha said.
    "I could barely move. He guided me there, and he laid me in the bed. I couldn't move any more after that. He laid next to me, and he kept touching my breast and humping my leg. I remember something warm hitting my leg," she said.
    Asked what was going through her mind, Lasha testified: "Dr. Huxtable wouldn't do this . Why are you doing this to me? You're supposed to help me be successful."
    Turning to Cosby, she made the remark that suggested he remembered the encounter.
    Cosby, who portrayed kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his hit TV comedy "The Cosby Show," turned away and smiled slightly.
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    Lasha and the other accuser who has testified so far, Heidi Thomas, are among five additional accusers whom prosecutors plan to call to make the case that Cosby, once revered as "America's Dad," was a Hollywood predator who is only now facing a reckoning after allegedly assaulting Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
    The additional accusers could also help prosecutors insulate Constand from the defense's contention that she is a "con artist" who preyed on Cosby's vulnerability after the 1997 killing of his son, Ennis, and then framed him to score a big payday via a $3.4 million civil settlement.
    The defense has urged jurors to ignore the other accusers, calling their allegations irrelevant to the charges involving Constand, who turned 45 on Wednesday

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    Bill Cosby retrial, Day 4: Janice Dickinson says she was 'rendered motionless' during rape
    Cosby retrial: Dickinson tells jury she was raped

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    The jury has already heard from Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha and Janice Baker-Kinney. They each shared their run-ins with Cosby from the 1980s, all involving the comedian giving them drugs that rendered them either unconscious or unable to move while the comedian molested or raped them.

    Dickinson tells the jury that Cosby raped her.
    Taking the stand Thursday, Dickinson alleged that Cosby raped her when she was 27, after giving her a pill he claimed would help her with menstrual cramps. She told jurors that she was "rendered motionless" by the pill as Cosby got on top of her in his hotel room in Lake Tahoe, Calif. After waking up the next day, Dickinson says she noticed semen between her legs.
    Cosby's defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, challenged Dickinson on her claims, citing discrepancies between her testimony and her 2002 autobiography, No Lifeguard on Duty, about the encounter with Cosby.
    Dickinson rebutted that she "wasn't under oath" when she wrote No Lifeguard. She added that Cosby and his lawyers pressured her to remove details about the assault in the book, and she went along because she needed the money.
    Dickinson, 63, is the fourth accuser to testify at Cosby's sexual-assault retrial. She is among the five dozen women who have accused Cosby of rape or molestation since October 2014.
    An outspoken reality-TV host who claims to have invented the term "supermodel," she described Cosby in profane terms in a December 2014 TV interview, calling him a "tacky rapist," while alternately weeping and shouting.

    When she came forward to join other Cosby accusers, she said she wanted an apology from Cosby; she has since sued him for defamation, a civil case that is pending in California.
    Baker-Kinney stares down Cosby lawyer Mesereau during cross-examination
    Janice Baker-Kinney, who accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1982, returned to the stand Thursday for cross-examination. Mesereau suggested she was motivated to distort the facts of a fun evening when she heard about a possible $100 million windfall from Cosby.
    Mesereau is trying to raise doubts about the woman’s allegation that he knocked her out with pills and raped her in 1982.

    Baker-Kinney was unflappable on the stand Wednesday, freely admitting her past experimentation with LSD and battle with alcoholism. She even called out Mesereau for rolling his eyes at her, and chided the veteran defense attorney after she said he attempted to twist what she said about being assaulted.
    “It still takes me everything within my being to say the words, ‘I was raped,’” she testified

    Cosby rep: Accusers represent "prosecution by distraction"
    As Cosby spokesman's Andrew Wyatt entered the courthouse Thursday, he described Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele's case so far as "prosecution by distraction." He also called the women the "supporting cast" for chief accuser Andrea Constand, who says he drugged and molested her at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
    Judge O'Neill allowed only one other accuser, Kelly Johnson, to testify in Cosby's first trial last year, and her testimony was partially undermined by her imprecision about when her alleged encounter with Cosby happened. She is not testifying at the retrial.
    The first trial ended in a mistrial after jurors failed to agree on a verdict following five days of deliberations.

    Five of the six accusers offering testimony at either Cosby's first or second trial are represented by either women's-rights attorney Gloria Allred or her daughter Lisa Bloom.

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    On Stand, Bill Cosby's Chief Accuser Says She Wants Justice
    Andrea Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in January 2004; he says the encounter was consensual
    7:41 PM EDT on Apr 13, 2018


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    Bill Cosby's chief accuser took the witness stand Friday at his sexual assault retrial, declaring for a second jury that he knocked her out her with three blue bills and then sexually assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
    "I was weak. I was limp, and I just could not fight him off," said Andrea Constand, once again confronting the 80-year-old comedian in court after his first trial ended with a hung jury.
    Her harrowing account of sexual molestation was remarkably similar to the one she gave at last year's trial, and jurors watched intently and scribbled notes as she described how Cosby — the good-guy celebrity she viewed as a mentor and friend — had betrayed her trust.
    Constand, who worked as a women's basketball administrator at Temple University, his alma mater, said Cosby offered her pills and a sip of wine after she said she was "stressed" about telling the Temple coach of her plans to leave to study massage therapy in her native Canada. He called the pills "your friends" and told her they would "help take the edge off."

    Instead, Constand said, the pills instead made her black out. She awoke to find the actor known as "America's Dad" penetrating her with his fingers, touching her breast and putting her hand on his penis.
    She said she wanted Cosby to stop but couldn't say anything. She tried moving her arms and legs but couldn't.
    Constand said she awoke between 4 and 5 a.m. to find her bra up around her neck and her pants half unzipped. She said Cosby stopped her as she went to leave: "All he said was there's a muffin and tea on the table and then, 'All right' and then I left."

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    Cosby's Sexual Assault Trial Enters Second Week
    April 12, 2018

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    Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is set to resume Monday, with the defense team expected to resume its scathing cross-examination of his accuser, casting her as a gold-digging con artist.
    Andrea Constand, 45, claims the 80-year-old comedian drugged and raped her more than a decade ago. She has previously accepted a $3.38 million civil settlement from Cosby and signed a non-disclosure agreement.

    Cosby, who played the kindly patriarch on "The Cosby Show" has denied the accusations and has said any sexual contact was consensual.
    This is the second time that Constand has confronted Cosby in the suburban Philadelphia courtroom. The jury in the first trial was unable to reach a verdict in June.
    Constand is one of about 50 women who have accused the entertainer of assaults dating back decades. Hers is the only one recent enough to be the subject of criminal prosecution.
    Five of his other accusers have testified in this trial.
    Constand said she only accepted the monetary settlement after a Montgomery County prosecutor declined to charge Cosby when she complained in 2005.
    She said she was initially afraid to come forward and that was devastated by the initial decision to not prosecute.
    Constand testified the attack occurred while she was visiting Cosby at his Philadelphia area home to discuss leaving her job as director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, Cosby's alma mater

    Cosby gave her three blue pills that he said would relax her, she said.
    She testified that the pills made her feel woozy. She said she later awoke while Cosby was touching her breasts, her vagina and that he used her hand to stroke his penis while she was not able to resist.
    Cosby could face 10 years in prison if convicted.

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    Bill Cosby retrial, Day 9: Prosecution rests case; defense loses another bid to stop trial
    April 19, 2018

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    The Bill Cosby sexual assault retrial resumed Thursday in suburban Philadelphia with the jury expected to hear from two drug experts after the comedian's defense team lost the latest of many attempts to end the trial.


    Judge Steven O’Neill rejected a defense motion that he acquit Cosby and send jurors home. The defense asked the judge to clear the 80-year-old comedian after prosecutors rested their case Thursday afternoon.
    Cosby’s lawyers argued prosecutors hadn't proved charges he drugged and molested accuser Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion more than a dozen years ago. Cosby has said his sexual encounter with the woman was consensual.
    The defense also says there’s no evidence to prove the alleged assault happened within the 12-year statute of limitations.
    Prosecutors say the accuser and Cosby have both said the encounter was in 2004. Prosecutors point out Cosby was arrested in 2015, just before the deadline to charge him.
    The motion marked the defense team's second attempt to cut the trial short in one day.
    Thursday's proceedings began with Judge Steven O'Neill rejecting the defense's fifth attempt to win a mistrial an alleged transgression by the prosecution team or its witnesses.

    Cosby's lawyers argued on Thursday that prosecutors tainted the jury by implying during Wednesday's testimony that the defense team helped its star witness fashion her story.
    Marguerite Jackson, a former friend and colleague of Cosby accuser Andrea Constand, testified that Constand talked about falsely accusing a celebrity to make money long before Constand accused Cosby of drugging and molesting her at his nearby home in January 2004.
    Prosecutor Stewart Ryan angered Cosby's lawyers during Jackson's cross-examination by repeatedly saying the defense team "created" her affidavit.

    Ryan compared differences in two of her statements about her story, getting Jackson to concede that Cosby lawyer Kathleen Bliss had her add quotes and make other changes to the second document.

    But O'Neill, who has already rejected multiple motions for a mistrial and did the same for even more defense motions at the first trial last summer, said there is "simply no grounds" for one now, adding that Cosby's lawyers raised the issue too late


    Drug expert: Either quaaludes or Benadryl could have made accuser woozy
    Prosecution witness Dr. Timothy Rohrig, a forensic toxicologist, testified that accuser Andrea Constand could have been rendered woozy by either quaaludes, a sedative used as a party drug in the 1970s, or Benadryl, an over-the-counter allergy medication.
    Rohrig said Benadryl’s main ingredient, diphenhydramine (which is also used in cold medications and sleep aids), can cause sedation, “mental clouding” and even short-term amnesia, as well as muscle weakness and clumsiness.
    Constand testified last week that Cosby gave her three unidentified blue pills that knocked her out and then sexually assaulted her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Cosby says he gave her Benadryl to help her relax and that she consented to a sexual encounter.
    She said Cosby called the blue pills “your friends” and told her they would “help take the edge off.”
    Rohrig said Benadryl’s manufacturer indicated it produced the medication in blue tablets until 2010. The company’s website shows that an “allergy plus congestion” variety currently comes in blue.
    He also said quaaludes – the 1970s-era party drug that Cosby has acknowledged giving to women before sex – also have a tendency to make people sleepy.
    Quaalude was the brand name for the drug Methaqualone, and was also known as Mandrax overseas. It was banned in the U.S. in 1982, but it has remained a popular recreational drug in other parts of the world.

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    Thank you sunny darlin for keeping us up.

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    Thank you sunny darlin for keeping us up.
    You are very welcome I hope he goes to prison this time

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    Bill Cosby opts not to testify as defense rests case in sexual assault retrial
    April 23, 2018, 5:49 PM

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    Bill Cosby opted not to testify in his sexual assault retrial as his lawyers rested their case Monday, setting the stage for closing arguments and jury deliberations.
    "You now have all of the evidence," Judge Steven O'Neill told jurors, sending them back to their hotel after an abbreviated day of testimony. "Try to relax, so that you're on your game tomorrow."
    Closing arguments will be held Tuesday in the case that pits the "Cosby Show" star once known as America's Dad against a woman who says he drugged her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004, then sexually assaulted her while she was unable to resist or say no.

    Cosby, 80, didn't take the stand at his first trial, either. That one ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on three related counts of aggravated indecent assault. If convicted, Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each count.
    Jurors heard testimony from 25 witnesses over the course of about two weeks.
    Chief accuser Andrea Constand told her story to the jury, as did five other women who say Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too.
    Jurors also heard from Cosby himself, in the form of an explosive deposition he gave in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand's civil suit against him. In it, Cosby acknowledged he gave the sedative quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s.
    Cosby has said he gave a cold and allergy medicine to Constand to help her relax before what he called a consensual sexual encounter.
    The star defense witness was a former colleague of Constand who says Constand spoke of leveling false sexual assault accusations against a high-profile person for the purpose of filing a civil suit. Constand got a civil settlement of nearly $3.4 million from Cosby.

    Cosby's private jet records don't show him taking any flights to the Philadelphia area around that time, either.
    "You can't tell us whether he got on a commercial flight," Steele said. "You can't tell us whether he got on a train. You can't tell us whether he got in a car and drove to Philadelphia."
    Jurors also heard Monday from Roslyn Yarbrough, a former secretary for Cosby's agent, who testified that Cosby spent most of his time at his Massachusetts estate and New York City townhouse, and was "very rarely" at the home near Philadelphia.

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    Closing arguments heard in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial
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    Closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial were heard Tuesday, the culmination of a dramatic trial in which a series of women testified that the comedian drugged and assaulted them.


    Cosby, 80, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against one woman, Andrea Constand, 45, who claims that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in January 2004. In this trial, unlike in the first, prosecutors were allowed to call five more accusers in addition to Constand.
    Judge Steven O'Neill adjourned court after a five-hour marathon of closing arguments and said jurors would be given their final instructions on Wednesday.
    \Crowds greeted Cosby as he left the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas courthouse early Monday evening. As supporters cheered "Free Mr. Cosby!" he turned to look at them and threw his arm in the air, holding his cane up and swaying back and forth to the chants.
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    Closing arguments heard in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial
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    Closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial were heard Tuesday, the culmination of a dramatic trial in which a series of women testified that the comedian drugged and assaulted them.


    Cosby, 80, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against one woman, Andrea Constand, 45, who claims that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in January 2004. In this trial, unlike in the first, prosecutors were allowed to call five more accusers in addition to Constand.
    Judge Steven O'Neill adjourned court after a five-hour marathon of closing arguments and said jurors would be given their final instructions on Wednesday.
    \Crowds greeted Cosby as he left the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas courthouse early Monday evening. As supporters cheered "Free Mr. Cosby!" he turned to look at them and threw his arm in the air, holding his cane up and swaying back and forth to the chants.
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    Haven't read link yet, but caught above five hours of closings...WOW!
    I don't think that's ever happened in any trial I've followed or any I haven't, but know about.
    On to read the link.
    Thanks sunny!

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    Just finished reading the link. If this had been live streamed I would have been throwing things.
    I hate it when the defense drags the victim thru the mud disparaging them in vile ways!
    I am so praying that this jury sees thru the mud and finds him guilty!
    He got away with too much for too long IMO, it's time for some justice here.

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    Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial goes to the jury
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    Bill Cosby's trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault is now in the hands of the 12-person jury.
    Jurors received the case Wednesday shortly after 11 a.m.
    The case against Cosby centers on testimony from Andrea Constand, a former employee with Temple University women's basketball team. She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice in a Philadelphia suburb in January 2004.
    Cosby's defense team has argued that their interaction was consensual. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby's fortune.
    The case is the first celebrity sexual assault trial since the #MeToo movement began last fall, and as such, it represents a test of how the cultural movement will translate into a courtroom arena. In closing arguments, defense attorney Kathleen Bliss positioned Cosby's legal team as standing up against "witch hunts, lynchings (and) McCarthyism."

    Last year, a different jury could not come to a unanimous verdict on any of these three charges for Cosby, leading Judge Steven O'Neill to declare a mistrial.
    The Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, jury is made up of seven men and five women and they have been sequestered in a hotel during the trial's two weeks of testimony. One man and one woman are African American, and the rest appear to be white.
    Cosby, 80, faces up to 10 years in prison on each count if convicted.
    A he said-she said case
    The case has little forensic evidence and has largely consisted of the he said-she said arguments so common to sexual assault cases.
    Constand testified that Cosby offered her wine and three blue pills, saying "these are your friends, they will take the edge off." She began to slur her words and feel woozy, she testified, and then became unable to move.
    "The next thing I recall is, um, I was kind of jolted awake, and felt Mr. Cosby on the couch beside me, behind me, and my vagina was being penetrated quite forcefully," Constand testified. "I felt my breasts being touched, and he took my hand and placed my hand on his penis and masturbated himself with my hand. And I was not able to do a thing to fight back."

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    Thanks for all the updates, Sunny!

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    So they started deliberating at 11 am EST.
    Any news on how long until they broke for the day?

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