Juror in Bill Cosby trial: 'Actor's fate was sealed by own deposition'

May 01, 2018, 08:37
Juror in Bill Cosby trial: 'Actor's fate was sealed by own deposition'

A juror on Bill Cosby's retrial said it was the comedian's own words that made him sure beyond a reasonable doubt that Cosby was guilty.

Snyder said he believed Constand's testimony, but feels he would've convicted Cosby even if the additional five women hadn't testified, which Judge Steven O'Neill allowed at the second trial. "Mr. Cosby admitted to giving Quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them".

A lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand in 2005 alleged that Cosby sexually assaulted her at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pa., the year before.

That admission, which the actor made when he was facing a civil lawsuit, had also been a key piece of evidence for prosecutors in Cosby's first trial on the charges, which ended a year ago with that jury unable to reach a verdict.

Speaking out for the first time, the jury that convicted Bill Cosby at his sexual assault retrial said Monday it found the comedian's chief accuser to be "credible and compelling", adding its verdict had nothing to do with the #MeToo movement or any another factor outside the courtroom.

Cosby settled Constand's civil suit for almost $3.4 million in 2006, and his lawyers claimed at trial that she had framed him for the money.

"But, you know, I think back to the time when Camille and I went to visit Nelson Mandela in South Africa", Cosby said, referring to his wife of 54 years, Camille Cosby. "I knew he was an actor". Cosby reportedly says he's preparing himself mentally for incarceration stemming from his stunning conviction on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

He said he was convinced guilty was the right verdict after "hearing everyone's comments about certain pieces of evidence and going through the different counts".

But, when the jury began their deliberations, they were unanimous.

But Snyder said testimony from the other women did not push the decision over the top.

"If you were there, you would say the same thing".

Cosby, who has been released on $1 million bail, is now confined to his estate outside Philadelphia until he's sentenced in 75 days.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but he is likely to serve them concurrently.

The deposition was sealed, but the investigation was reopened in July 2015 after a judge revealed portions of the document on the request of the Associated Press.Cosby was arrested later that year and charged with three counts of sexual assault against Constand, but a judge declared a mistrial in June.

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