Their central witness was Constand, the former Temple University employee who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in January 2004.
The prosecution rested Friday after five swift days of testimony in the case that could send Cosby to prison for the rest of his life. McMonagle said that while the comedian had been unfaithful to his wife, he hadn't committed a crime. "He says she doesn't say 'yes, '" Steele said.
"Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic".
In statements to police and in his civil deposition, the comedian known as "America's Dad" admitted he gave Constand pills and then engaged in sexual contact with her.
Cosby attorney Brian McMonagle argued that the behavior of Cosby's accuser in the aftermath of her alleged sexual assault raised too many questions for a jury to believe her claim that Cosby assaulted her.
Constand testified in firm and clear words over two days last week that Cosby, a powerful alum at the university, mentored her and then took advantage of her at his home in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a possible 10-year sentence.
The case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender. They said Constand's initial statements to police were full of inconsistencies that undermine the truthfulness of her story. He has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and described his encounters with Constand as consensual. Steele said. "It's not right".
The megastar turned pariah declined to testify and the defense called just one witness, a police detective, before resting their case in just minutes on the sixth day of what was initially billed as a two-week trial. She was stoic during the defense argument but left when it was the prosecution's turn.
"When you dance outside of marriage you gotta pay the band", he said. Then pointing to Camille Cosby said: "And she deserved better".
Cosby, star of the 1980s hit family sitcom "The Cosby Show" and once a popular figure in television commercials, faces charges that he assaulted Constand, now 44, at his home in 2004.
Phone records showed she made no such call in January, he said, and instead show she only called Cosby's phone numbers in NY. The jury went home around 9:30 p.m. ET Monday without reaching a verdict. McMonagle called the detective merely to attest to the existence of a police report about Constand's interviews with law enforcement investigators and to briefly discuss questions the policeman asked the alleged victim about several hours she spent with Cosby at a CT casino. "This is talking to a lover", McMonagle said of one phone call that lasted 49 minutes.
"When you left Pittsburgh, you didn't leave your common sense", McMonagle said, asserting that the relationship between Cosby and Constand was romantic and consensual.
"Ms Constand was untruthful time and time and time again", Mr McMonagle told the jury. Let's be real. Let's look each other in the eye and talk about why we're here.
Constand didn't react to McMonagle's closing but smiled at the end of it.
For the prosecution's closing statement, Steele argued that Cosby's own statements showed his guilt. Hartwell filed a motion stating that Pulliam violated their custody agreement when she made a decision to appear in court with Cosby.
Steele also castigated defense attorneys for raising doubts about Constand's credibility because she waited a year to report the alleged assault and maintained contact with the comedian after the alleged assault.
McMonagle defended the good faith of his client, saying Cosby had agreed to speak at length to investigators in 2005 when he could have kept silent, and rounded on the press.
Cosby's attorneys sought to portray Constand as a woman whose allegations were motivated by money.
"But under the defendant's own words, you must convict". He also reminded jurors that in a 2005 deposition Cosby admitting giving women Quaaludes.
He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl before the "petting" began. Legal experts and courtroom observers generally dismissed that suggestion as a bluff, perhaps created to throw prosecutors - who ended with a lot of momentum - off balance.