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Cosby retrial date postponed to spring

NORRISTOWN, Pa. – At the pretrial hearing for former university trustee Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, a judge approved the defense’s motion to push back the retrial to spring.

Cosby’s new defense team also made its first courtroom appearance Tuesday morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse in front of Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O’Neill.

Sam Silver, a board member of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project at the Beasley School of Law, is one of the new members of Cosby’s defense. A university spokesperson declined to comment on Silver and Cosby’s shared Temple connection. 

Cosby is also newly represented by California attorney Tom Mesereau, who helped get Michael Jackson acquitted of child molestation in 2005, and Kathleen Bliss, an attorney from Nevada.

The postponed trial date was granted, O’Neill said, because the new lawyers on Cosby’s defense team would need more

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What are they debating? Bill Cosby jury deliberations hit eight-hour mark

NORRISTOWN – Jurors in the Bill Cosby trial have entered eighth hour of deliberations.

It’s difficult to tell just what they are debating as they try to reach a verdict, but some of the questions posed to the judge may provide a clue.

Cosby has been on trial since June 5, facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is accused of giving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand three pills that incapacitated her before he sexually assaulted.

And it might just be those pills, and whether or not she had given consent, that’s being hashed out in the deliberation room.

The jurors asked this morning for Judge Steven T. O’Neill to elaborate on the definition of the phrase “without her knowledge,” which is part of one of the aggravated indecent assault charges leveled against Cosby. O’Neill, however, said he is not permitted to elaborate beyond what was written in the charges he had sent back

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What are they debating? Bill Cosby jury deliberations hit eight-hour …

NORRISTOWN – Jurors in the Bill Cosby trial have entered eighth hour of deliberations.

It’s difficult to tell just what they are debating as they try to reach a verdict, but some of the questions posed to the judge may provide a clue.

Cosby has been on trial since June 5, facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is accused of giving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand three pills that incapacitated her before he sexually assaulted.

And it might just be those pills, and whether or not she had given consent, that’s being hashed out in the deliberation room.

The jurors asked this morning for Judge Steven T. O’Neill to elaborate on the definition of the phrase “without her knowledge,” which is part of one of the aggravated indecent assault charges leveled against Cosby. O’Neill, however, said he is not permitted to elaborate beyond what was written in the charges he had sent back

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Bill Cosby’s fate in hands of jury now

NORRISTOWN – “Your friends, I have three friends for you to make you relax.”

That’s what Bill Cosby said to Andrea Constand as he handed her three pills.

Three pills that she took when he told her they were herbal, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. Three pills that incapacitated her, allowing Cosby to sexually assault her while she could not move or tell him to stop.

Cosby’s defense attorney made his closing arguments this morning, and Steele gave jurors the prosecution’s closings this afternoon, wrapping up a week of trial. The jury is now receiving its instructions from Judge Steven T. O’Neill, and they will soon decide the fate of the 79-year-old entertainer.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The origins of that assault, Steele argued, started even before the three pills.

“He has spent time with her, ingratiated himself into her

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Bill Cosby’s fate in hands of jury now | PennLive.com

NORRISTOWN – “Your friends, I have three friends for you to make you relax.”

That’s what Bill Cosby said to Andrea Constand as he handed her three pills.

Three pills that she took when he told her they were herbal, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. Three pills that incapacitated her, allowing Cosby to sexually assault her while she could not move or tell him to stop.

Cosby’s defense attorney made his closing arguments this morning, and Steele gave jurors the prosecution’s closings this afternoon, wrapping up a week of trial. The jury is now receiving its instructions from Judge Steven T. O’Neill, and they will soon decide the fate of the 79-year-old entertainer.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The origins of that assault, Steele argued, started even before the three pills.

“He has spent time with her, ingratiated himself into her

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‘Lies’ loom over testimony of Bill Cosby accusers: defense makes closing arguments

NORRISTOWN – Never lie.

That’s what defense attorney Brian McMonagle said his grandmother told him many years ago. One lie turns into another and another until your whole life is a lie.

Lies are why the case against Bill Cosby was first closed back in 2005, he told the jury today, and those lies and inconsistencies have not gone away in the case today.

Closing arguments started this morning in the trial of the 79-year-old entertainer, who is facing three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Trial started June 5 in Montgomery County and included testimony from Constand and another accuser, Kelly Johnson. It also included statements Cosby made in a deposition in Constand’s 2005 lawsuit, in which Cosby admitted to giving Constand pills.

McMonagle started his often-passionate closings by recalling his dinner last

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With several key witnesses down, what’s next in Bill Cosby’s trial?

NORRISTOWN – Two key witnesses have already testified, so what’s left in the trial of Bill Cosby?

At least one crucial piece of evidence remains, and prosecutors are hoping that is the slam dunk they are looking for.

The 79-year-old entertainer is entering his fourth day of trial in Montgomery County Court today. He is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Constand has testified about what she says happened that night, and so has her mother.

Another woman, Kelly Johnson, also took the stand and told the jury that Cosby did to her nearly the same thing he is accused of doing to Constand.

A remaining important piece of evidence is the testimony under deposition that Cosby gave during Constand’s civil case against him back in 2005. Judge Steven T. O’Neill has allowed a portion of that deposition into trial in which Cosby

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Bill Cosby accuser remains calm, unwavering, during defense grilling

NORRISTOWN – She didn’t waver under cross-examination.

As Bill Cosby’s attorney, Angela Agrusa, picked apart more than a decade’s worth of statements from Andrea Constand, looking for differences in times, dates, statements and testimony, Constand calmly and in an even-keeled voice answered her questions.

When she didn’t know or couldn’t remember an answer, Constand would said so. And when she was mistaken about a date in a statement to police, she admitted that, as well.

Constand’s cross-examination was a lengthy one – beginning Tuesday afternoon and likely continuing through this afternoon. But she’s an important witness to both the prosecution and defense because she and Cosby are the only two who really know what happened that night at Cosby’s suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Cosby is accused of giving Constand three pills, which left her incapacitated, and then sexually assaulting her while she could not move nor tell him to stop.

Constand shared the

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Cosby defense zeroes in on inconsistencies in accuser’s statements

NORRISTOWN – The defense Wednesday morning continued to highlight inconsistencies in the account of the only Bill Cosby accuser whose claims led to criminal charges against the entertainer.

Defense attorney Angela Agrusa began the cross examination of Andrea Constand Tuesday by pointing out what she argues are inconsistencies in Constand’s statements to Canadian police and in what she had to say on the witness stand. Today, she worked to show more differences in statements Constand made to a second police department.

Six days after talking to the Durham Regional Police in Ontario, Constand was interviewed by the Cheltenham Township Police in Montgomery County, where, Agrusa pointed out, Constand said the incident occurred in March 2004 instead of January of that year. 

Constand told police in Cheltenham she and Cosby had dinner together several times, as she did in her testimony. However, she told Canadian authorities they had been alone together only on

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