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Bill Cosby On Trial On Three Aggravated Sexual Assault Charges

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According to CNN, Bill Cosby declined to testify in his criminal indecent assault trial today his defense rested after calling just one repeat witness for further questioning.

In a sworn statement without the jury present, Cosby told Judge Steven O’Neill 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.