The charges against Bill Cosby, and sentences they carry

The charges against Bill Cosby, and sentences they carry

The charges against Bill Cosby, and sentences they carry

After six days of emotional testimony and reams of evidence, 12 jurors were deliberating Bill Cosby's fate for a second day on Tuesday. After four hours they were unable to reach a verdict, and will resume again today.

The defense called a single witness, the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations that Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home. It was read to them by the judge.

A Pennsylvania jury on Tuesday began its first full day of deliberations in the trial of entertainer Bill Cosby, who is accused of sexually assaulting a female friend who had come to him for career advice in 2004.

The comedian could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. McMonagle added that Cosby's "romantic interludes" with Constand were examples of Cosby being disloyal to his wife, but he didn't commit any crimes.

Steele said the key facts were not contested during the trial, and have remained consistent in Constand's various statements over time: Cosby got to know her and became a mentor; one night in 2004 he gave her pills at his Cheltenham home and they had a sexual encounter.

The witness, Richard Schaffer, had been called to the stand for the prosecution as well, but gave new information at the defense's line of questioning.

Camille Cosby sat stoically in the first row behind her husband of 53 years at the defense table, about 30 feet from Constand.

Legal experts said testifying would have been a risky move that could have opened the TV star to withering cross-examination about some of the 50 or so other women who have accused him of drugging or molesting them.

The case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender. The jury included two black members.

In his closing argument Mr McMonagle tried to sow doubt about Ms Constand's story, saying it had evolved during her interviews with police.

Cosby attorney Brian McMonagle argued that the behavior of Cosby's accuser in the aftermath of her alleged sexual assault raised too many questions for a jury to believe her claim that Cosby assaulted her. At the time, she was director of operations for the women's basketball team at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

"This isn't talking to a trustee".

"Hopefully, you will have the last two words in this case, and I pray those words are not guilty", McMonagle said to the jury. "Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship?"

Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, has arrived at court with him on the sixth day of his sexual assault trial. "You don't put her in a bedroom for put her on a sofa, you do what you do to her, and then you leave her", he said, pleading with the jury.

In statements to police and in his civil deposition, the comedian known as "America's Dad" admitted he gave Constand pills and then engaged in sexual contact with her. Cosby's lawyers haven't denied that the interaction in question occurred, but they say it was consensual.

Prosecutors wanted 13 other accusers to testify at the trial, but the judge allowed just one, an assistant to his agent at the William Morris Agency. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.

McMonagle said he was working to "right a awful wrong" by representing Cosby, and said jurors looking to do the same should return a verdict of not guilty.

"By codifying existing sanctions and requiring congressional review of any decision to weaken or lift them, we are ensuring that the United States continues to punish President (Vladimir) Putin for his reckless and destabilizing actions", said Sen.

"A rested mind is a good mind for deliberations", he said in closing.

Steele also reminded jurors about a telephone conversation in which Cosby apologized to Constand's mother and described himself as a "sick man".

A Pennsylvania prosecutor says "fancy lawyering" can't save Bill Cosby from his own admissions about fondling a woman after giving her pills he knew could put her to sleep. "And I went upstairs and I went into my pack and I broke one whole one and brought a half down and told her to take it".

"There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why?"

She woke up on the couch with her clothes disheveled, she said.

Latest News