Juror says Bill Cosby's own words led to conviction


Speaking out for the first time, the jury that convicted Bill Cosby at his sexual assault retrial said Monday its decision was influenced only by what happened in court.

In an interview with ABC News' "Good Morning America" on Friday, Cosby's publicist, Ebonee Benson, compared the comedian's conviction to the fate of Emmett Till, the 14-year old child brutalized and murdered in MS in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman. "Mr Cosby admitted to giving these quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with him".

Interestingly, the 22-year-old juror is too young to have watched The Cosby Show like many in the USA remember. They say race and the #MeToo movement were never discussed.

Five other accusers who took the stand, even though Cosby was not criminally charged with attacking them, were also credible, Snyder said.

"But, you know, I think back to the time when Camille and I went to visit Nelson Mandela in South Africa".

"After the verdict was read Thursday and Judge Steven O'Neill chastised District Attorney Kevin Steele for his continued objection to allowing Cosby to remain free on bail, Cosby erupted", the story reports, quoting Cosby "screaming" at Steele: "He doesn't have a plane, you a-hole".

Andrea Constand, now 45, testified that Cosby gave her three blue pills that knocked her out and then molested her at his home in 2004.

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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. He also said that he didn't even know much about the octogenarian who rose to fame in the 1960s, aside from the fact Cosby acted and starred in a show he has never watched.

"I think it was his deposition, really".

Adding that this was not "an open and shut case", the 22-year old said he is confident the jury made the right decision.

"We could kind of see the writing on the wall with the first jury", he said.

Donio said an average person with no previous record would likely get a five-year sentence.

During the recent retrial, Cosby became testy in the courtroom.

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.