Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Jury in Bill Cosby case to begin deliberating today

Jury in Bill Cosby case to begin deliberating today

Cosby has long denied allegations and claims sex was consensual, and has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated indecent assault.

Bliss started by reminding the jury of Temple University academic adviser Marguerite Jackson.

Mesereau walked the jury through a PowerPoint presentation, pointing to what he characterized as 12 inconsistent statements about the nature of Constand's relationship with Cosby, including whether they had flirted before the alleged assault, whether they were ever alone together and whether she had been in bed with him.

Bliss contrasted Jackson, a longtime employee at Temple, with Constand, who worked at the college a short time and, Bliss said, participated in a "pyramid scheme" while working there.

"You can believe one of them, all of them, or not believe any of them", Bliss continued.

Lawyer Dennis McAndrews, who's been in court following the retrial, said prominent defendants like Cosby nearly always play to the court of public opinion when there's no gag order, but that his team's approach hasn't been "particularly effective or convincing".

"This is his con, and he's laughing like it's amusing, but there is absolutely nothing amusing about stripping a woman of her decency, incapacitating her to the point where she can't consent", Feden said, as Cosby appeared to chuckle quietly at the defense table.

The defense highlighted more than a dozen inconsistencies in what Constand has said over the years. She barraged him with gifts and phone calls and visited his home and hotel room, his lawyers said, and then sued him in 2005 when prosecutors declined to charge him with sexual assault. She also emphasized how each woman told "strikingly similar" stories that paint a portrait of the 80-year-old as a risky sexual predator who used his fame and money to escape prosecution for decades.

"He preyed on Andrea Constand in the same way he played on all of those five women". "There wasn't a mistake here.They all had a strikingly similar story.These women show the defendant's con", Feden said.

The former pudding pitchman's ill-timed expression came after the assistant DA told jurors Cosby repeatedly manipulated his role as "America's Dad" to gain the trust of unsuspecting women in order to drug and sexually assault them.

"But questioning an accuser is not shaming them", she added. "Gut feelings are not rational decisions, mob rule is not due process". "Which is why each single case must be examined on its merits". "Your common sense tells you that", she said.

Five other women got on the witness stand and testified the same thing had happened to them.

"There's no doubt that something was going on here", Bliss said.

Ziv said the majority of sexual assault victims fail to make timely reports, are often hazy on details and facts, do not fight back during the assault, often fail to confront their perpetrator, and frequently return to and maintain contact with the perpetrator.

Jurors weren't allowed to hear testimony that Bill Cosby's chief accuser was once hooked on hallucinogenic mushrooms or had her sights set on becoming a millionaire, but that hasn't stopped the defence from airing the explosive claims about Andrea Constand in the court of public opinion. "And it happens again, and again, and again".

Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney, Janice Dickinson and Maud Lise-Lotte Lublin also took the stand during the 12-day trial to allege that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted them.

They have presented phone and travel records to suggest that Cosby was not in Philadelphia to carry out the alleged assault in January 2004. "She is a pathological liar", said attorney Tom Mesereau.

"This woman will say anything". She says he drugged and molested her. Prosecutors have noted that Cosby's travel records have large gaps in time.

"I can only hope", Ryan said, "and I think my colleagues share in this sentiment, that what we are seeing are the last vestiges of a tactic designed not to get to the truth, but to damage character and reputation". They reiterated several times that while Cosby may have made bad judgments, he's not a criminal. He said phone records from January 6, 2004, in particular match the pattern of phone records from March 16, 2004, when Cosby was indisputably in Philadelphia.

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