Latest News

US jury will likely get Cosby case next week — judge

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


NORRISTOWN, United States (AFP) — The US jury tasked with finding Bill Cosby innocent or guilty will likely take the case next week as the evidence-phase of his sexual assault retrial moves quicker than planned, the judge said Thursday.

The now frail and isolated 80-year-old entertainer could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, 45, at his Philadelphia home in January 2004. "The testimony in this case will probably be concluded early next week. That's a big difference in where we were before," Judge Steven O'Neill told the ninth day of proceedings.

"This case will clearly be to the jury sometime next week," he added. The judge had previously told the sequestered jury in Norristown, Pennsylvania that they should allow for a month-long trial.

On Thursday, jurors were treated to a day of science as opposing toxicologists testified about Benadryl, an antihistamine that Cosby says he gave Constand, and Quaaludes, a 1970s "party drug" that he has testified to obtaining with a view to having sex.

Harry Milman, the defence pharmacology and toxicology expert, said Cosby could not have given Constand Quaaludes, because they only ever came in the form of a white pill.

Constand says Cosby gave her three blue pills. The now disgraced megastar maintains that they were three half-dose pills.

Milman said Constand's symptoms were consistent with neither Quaaludes nor Benadryl. Constand says she passed out after taking the pills, waking up to find the actor sexually assaulting her.

But Timothy Rohrig, the prosecution expert in forensic toxicology, said the symptoms were consistent with both Benadryl and Quaaludes.

Alcohol would only enhance each pill's sedative effects, Rohrig said, leading to impaired vision, "mental clouding," dulled senses, short-term memory impact, and would engineer muscle weakness and clumsiness.

Cosby's first trial ended in a hung jury in June last year, with a sequestered panel hopelessly deadlocked after six days of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations.

But it trashed the reputation of the man once adored by millions as "America's Dad" for his role as lovable father and obstetrician Cliff Huxtable on the hit 1984-92 television series "The Cosby Show."

The defence called their star witness on Wednesday, a former Temple University colleague, Marguerite Jackson, who claims Constand told her she could set-up a celebrity for cash. Constand says she recognises Jackson's name but denies ever rooming with her on basketball away games.

The defence maintains that Constand is a lying, money-grabbing "con artist" who falsely accused the star to bag a US$3.4 million civil settlement in 2006 as a way out of financial problems.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT