Closing arguments continue in Cosby sexual assault retrial

Defense team attacks Andrea Constand's credibility.

Jim Melwert
April 24, 2018 - 10:10 am
June 7, 2017; Norristown, PA, USA; Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial. Mandatory Credit: Mark Makela/Getty Images-Pool Photo via USA TODAY NETWORK

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A jury is hearing closing arguments Tuesday in Bill Cosby’s sex assault retrial in Montgomery County. Prosecutors are presenting their case in the afternoon, but in the morning the jury heard a two-hour close from the defense. 

Both Tom Meserau and Kathleen Bliss argued on Cosby’s behalf.

Bliss opened by telling the jury they’re about to make the most important decision of their lives, adding, “If you don’t believe primary accuser Andrea Constand, you must acquit Bill Cosby.”

She called all the testimony about Quaaludes a red herring, since, she says, the pills given to Constand on the night in question were Benedryl. And she asked the jury, if Benedryl were strong enough to knock women out to the point where they could be sexually assaulted, would they still be available on the shelves at Target or CVS?

Mesereau also attacked Constand’s credibility, saying there are so many -- in his words -- "lies" from Constand they start to drown each other. Mesereau told the jury, “They’re not inconsistencies, they’re lies … and it happens again and again and again.”

Mesereau said Cosby gave a statement to police, and he allowed police to search his home, all before the district attorney’s office declined to file charges in 2005. But Mesereau says charges were filed “last-minute” as the statute of limitations was about to expire. 

He brought up a prior $3.4 million dollar settlement Cosby paid to his accuser, saying he believes this case is the biggest con job of all time. “He thought he was paying for peace,” Mesereau said. "80 years old, on trial for your life -- that's what he got out of it.” 

After listing a dozen conflicting statements from Constand’s testimony, Mesereau told the jury, “At this point, is this somene who is trying to tell the truth, or is this just a person who is trying to benefit herself? How many lies do we need?”

Prosecutors are also opting for a tandem closing crew as both Stew Ryan and Kristen Feden will present the commonwealth’s case. Then Bill Cosby’s fate will be in the hands of the seven men and five women of the jury.