Sunday, June 11, 2017|3:14 p.m.
NORRISTOWN, Pa.– Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual-assault trial have heard accuser Andrea Constand’s side of the story and have actually heard Cosby’s variation in the form of his authorities declaration and his lurid deposition in her 2005 lawsuit, however they have no idea if they’ll speak with him in person when his defense starts Monday.
Cosby’s spokesperson states maybe. His attorneys are remaining mum.
Specialists say the “Cosby Show” actor and storyteller could charm the jury but the risk would be substantial.
“He could be a wonderful witness. … He’s a star, and he’s a great actor,” Duquesne University School of Law professor Wes Oliver stated. “(However) he is possibly opening the door to a great deal of interrogation that they battled truly tough to keep out.”
Prosecutors desired 13 other accusers to testify, however the judge enabled simply one, an assistant to Cosby’s representative at the William Morris Firm. That meant the prosecution rested its case Friday, just 5 days after the trial started.
Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her, which he rejects. Cosby, who’s 79, could deal with years in jail if convicted.
If Cosby testifies and denies drugging and molesting Constand or anyone else, the judge may allow more individuals to affirm as rebuttal witnesses.
“It would be really bad for him for the jury to even begin to think about the other females,” Oliver said.
Not surprisingly in a “he said, she stated” case, the defense’s primary objective has actually been to attack the reliability of Constand and the William Morris assistant, Kelly Johnson. Johnson had corroborating proof in the form of her 1996 workers’ compensation claim versus the talent agency. An attorney who worked on the case recalled her account of being drugged and sexually attacked by Cosby and had notes to back up his memory.
The defense seized on a glaring discrepancy in the account. The lawyer’s notes say the encounter happened in 1990, while Johnson insists it was 1996, the year she left work and submitted the claim.
The defense had more difficulty trying to discredit Constand, a former Temple University worker. It hammered home the point that she was at first unsure exactly what month the encounter occurred and had routine phone contact with Cosby afterward. Nevertheless, Constand showed imperturbable, discussing that she needed to return calls from Cosby, a university trustee, because he was a crucial booster and she worked for the females’s basketball group.
Constand left Temple when the season ended in March 2004 and submitted a police grievance in January 2005 after moving back home to the Toronto location. She took legal action against Cosby in March 2005 when the regional prosecutor chose not to charge him.
Cosby’s four days of testimony in her civil case reveal just how hard a witness he ‘d be to manage. His responses, like his funny routines, meander from indicate point and veer towards stream of consciousness.
Asked to describe what he called an earlier “romantic” encounter with Constand, he stated, “The action is my hand on her midriff, which is skin. I’m not lifting any clothing up. This is, I do not remember fully exactly what it is, but it’s there and I can feel.”
“I don’t hear her say anything,” he continued. “And I don’t feel her state anything. And so I continue, and I go into the area that is someplace between consent and rejection.”
And the language he uses to describe his sexual encounters with various girls can be jarring. He talks in the deposition of “the penile entrance” and “digital penetration.” He informed Constand’s mother, when she called to challenge him, that Constand had had an orgasm. And he may produce tips of conceit.
“One of the best writers in the world, and I’m stopping working,” Cosby said when asked to repeat an answer in the deposition.
The defense could call other witnesses to try to reinforce its argument that Cosby had a consensual relationship with Constand, 35 years his junior. It has actually stressed that Constand went to his home numerous times, went to New York and Connecticut to have dinner with him and others and spent about 15 minutes alone with him on a hotel bed.
Cosby, who developed a wholesome reputation as a family man throughout his 50-year profession in home entertainment and was called America’s Daddy, told cops he held her in his arms that night but did not kiss her. Constand stated he called her to his space to get some leftover pastries.
The trial will transfer to closing arguments Monday if the defense selects not to call any witnesses.
The Associated Press does not typically determine individuals who say they are sexual-assault victims without approval, which Constand and Johnson have provided.