Cosby's fate is in the hands of the jury


Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse. A kindly mentor or a callous manipulator.

The legendary comedian was accompanied by his wife Camille on Monday, June 12.

After four hours, the judge excused them for the night, with orders to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

"Alright ladies and gentleman", Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill told the tired-looking panel as they filed into the courtroom.

Jurors began deliberating at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on Monday after a weeklong proceeding in Pennsylvania that saw prosecutors and defense lawyers paint starkly different portraits of the once-beloved comedian.

"To allege that this is just some relations that is going to another level just doesn't make sense", Steele said.

"Who says something like that?"

The lone defense witness was the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations that Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Cosby's testimony in her civil case shows just how hard a witness he would have been to control.

"You know why we're here", McMonagle said scornfully, nodding toward two Cosby accusers in the audience - Victoria Valentino and Linda Kirkpatrick - who did not testify in the case.

McMonagle cast blame on the media for giving Cosby's accusers - who totaled 60 - a forum.

"She sat with her back to the kitchen wall", Cosby said.

During an hour-and-45-minute closing argument, McMonagle pointed to several inconsistent statements made by Constand to authorities, including that she had never been alone with Cosby prior to the incident and that it occurred after a dinner party.McMonagle also referenced phone records that showed lengthy phone calls between Constand and Cosby after the alleged assault.

Cosby's attorney Brian McMonagle tried to convince the jurors that his client and Constand, 44, had a year-long consensual relationship and that she made up the allegations when the affair cooled off. McMonagle said Constand's testimony was full of inconsistencies. She slipped into the courtroom while the judge was addressing the audience and the attorneys.

" 'We're not flawless, are we?' he said, pausing and looking at Camille Cosby, 73".

Jurors did hear Cosby's side of the story - but not in his voice.

The defence offered its closing argument after presenting a single witness: a detective who reminded jurors that police wondered why Constand had visited with Cosby at a casino.

Evidence of dozens of phone calls made by Constand to Cosby after the alleged assault were entered into the record, including one lasting nearly 50 minutes. Prosecutors have suggested he drugged her with something stronger - perhaps quaaludes.

Cosby's spokesman said last week that Cosby might take the stand, but his lawyers were mum.

"One of the greatest storytellers in the world and I'm failing", Cosby said when asked to repeat an answer in the deposition.

Constand was in court with her mother to hear the closing arguments.

"This ain't right!" bellowed McMonagle.

In 2006, Cosby settled a civil lawsuit related to the alleged sexual assault for an undisclosed amount, which was paid to Andrea Constand for her silence.

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. The implication is that she was after money from Cosby, one of America's wealthier stars. McMonagle said that while the comedian had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn't commit a crime.

Prosecutors are poised to give their closing argument Monday afternoon.

Constand told Jackson a high-profile man had done something similar to her, according to the statement.

Jackson said she worked with Constand at Temple University and shared a hotel room with her during occasional trips.

As they watched, Steele repeatedly asserted that, in a sense, Cosby had already confessed.

"This is where all the fancy lawyering can't get you around your own words", Steele said. A prosecution expert testified that such assertions amounted to "rape myths".

Instead of a lover, Steele asserted that Cosby is a criminal.

"She's (passed) out and you're doing stuff to her?" "This is about evaluating the facts", Steele said. "You leave her there?"

Manuel Roig-Franzia is a writer in The Washington Post's Style section.