Bill Cosby juror: I was convinced by comedy icon's own words

01 May, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Rita Burton
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The defense said it was consensual.

The actor's statement was recorded more than a decade ago, as part of a civil suit Constand had filed against him and settled in 2006.

But the jury rejected the defense argument.

"We were asked to assess the credibility of Ms Cosntand's account of what happened to her, and each one of us found her account credible and compelling".

"I think it was his deposition, really", said Harrison Snyder, 22, of Montgomery County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, in an interview with ABC News.

Harrison Snyder said in an interview aired Monday on ABC's Good Morning America that Cosby's deposition - in which he admitted giving women drugs to have sex with them - was the evidence that made him believe he was guilty. They also described the sworn testimony that the comedy icon gave as part of a lawsuit accuser Andrea Constand filed against him in 2005, which later settled for almost US$3.4 million (NZ$5 million), as particularly compelling. In the testimony, which was read to jurors at both trials, he described giving quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s.

His conviction on all three counts means they determined beyond a reasonable doubt that the comedian molested Temple University staffer Andrea Constand during a visit to his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, despite the fact that she could not consent because the pills he gave her rendered her unconscious.

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Prosecutors presented new witnesses at Cosby's most recent trial that the judge had blocked them from calling in 2017, including five other women who accused him of drugging and assaulting them. "I don't think it necessarily mattered that these other five women were here".

In its statement, the Cosby jury said its decision was not influenced in any way by factors other than what was seen and heard in the courtroom.

"After thoughtful and meticulous consideration of the information and evidence provided to us, we came to our unanimous verdict", the jury said in the statement. The 80-year-old comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count.

His lawyers are planning to appeal the conviction.

Prosecutors said they are confident Cosby's conviction will stand. He frequently referenced living in prison as "that place", explaining to the publication how he plans to survive his incarceration.

He cited the testimony of prosecutors' first witness - Dr Barbara Ziv, an expert in sexual assault victim behaviour - as key to explaining away numerous attacks the defense lobbed at Constand for inconsistencies in the story she told police.

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