Cosby jury dives into star defense witness testimony

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Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each count.

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled that Cosby should not leave his Pennsylvania home, and that he would need to be fitted with a Global Positioning System tracking device.

The prosecution and defence gave jurors plenty to think about after a two-week trial on charges that Cosby had drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his mansion in January 2004.

Janice Dickinson, Heidi Thomas, Janice Baker-Kinney, Lise-Lotte Lublin and Chelan Lasha provided testimony that they were drugged by Cosby with wine or pills, matching Constand's story. Cosby's lawyers argued Constand levelled false accusations against Cosby so she could sue him and extract a huge civil settlement.

Cosby's attorneys said they were disappointed by the verdict and planned to appeal.

Constand, 45, a former Temple women's basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called "your friends" and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilised, unable to resist or say no.It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from more than 60 women who said the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades. A previous jury failed to reach a verdict last June, leading to a second trial. Cosby said their encounter was consensual.

Through it all, jurors had a front-row seat to the lawyerly slugfest that pitted three prosecutors from suburban Philadelphia against a throng of defense attorneys led by Los Angeles-based Tom Mesereau, who aggressively depicted Constand as a "con artist".

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During closing arguments, Cosby's lawyers slammed #MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

Constand initially told police about the assault in 2005, a year after the assault occurred.

"We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law", Allred told reporters.

The case has forever tarnished the legacy of the actor once adored by millions for his role as lovable father and obstetrician Cliff Huxtable on the 1984-92 hit television series "The Cosby Show".

The jury, which had to come to a unanimous decision to convict or acquit, saw a parade of accusers testify that the man once revered as "America's Dad" had a secret life of drugging and violating women. Dozens of accusers pointed to the transcript as vindication of their claims, and public pressure to file charges in Constand's case, which was still within the statute of limitations, increased.

The prosecutor said it was hard to sit in the courtroom and witness "character assassinations" - but the jury, he said, was on Constand's side in the end.

"She showed courage", Steele said. "And she stayed through this".

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