My girl The Jasmine Brand reported today that Camille Cosby accompanied her husband Bill Cosby in court for the first time during the trial. She walked into the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, just before 9 a.m.
FundMeanwhile, Cosby declined to testify in his criminal indecent assault trial and his defense rested after calling just one repeat witness for further questioning. Read more about that below.
In a sworn statement without the jury present, Cosby stated that he did not plan to testify in his own defense. In criminal trials, the onus is on prosecutors to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and defendants are not required to take the stand.
Jurors did hear Cosby’s side of the story, though not in his voice.
Last week, police detectives read aloud his statements to police in 2005 and in his civil deposition in 2006 responding to the allegations. Cosby has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault.
The prosecution rested its case on Friday after calling 12 witnesses to the stand. Those witnesses included a woman who previously accused Cosby of assault, police detectives, and experts on drugs and sexual assault.
Cosby has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault. He has been accused by more than 50 women of drugging and/or sexual misconduct but aside from the Constand case, has not been charged with any crimes, and has repeatedly denied all allegations made against him.
If convicted, Bill Cosby faces 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Read more: http://thejasminebrand.com/2017/06/12/camille-cosby-accompanies-husband-in-court-bill-cosby-declines-to-testify/#ixzz4jqaAU9nn