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Convicting America's Dad: Inside the Bill Cosby prosecution

Convicting America's Dad: Inside the Bill Cosby prosecution

Fallen TV icon Bill Cosby, who was convicted last week of indecent aggravated assault, told The New York Post, "This is what they wanted", after a jury found him guilty Thursday on all three counts stemming from a 2004 incident in Pennsylvania.

"I think it was his deposition, really", said Harrison Snyder, 22, of Montgomery County, in an interview with ABC News. "Mr Cosby admitted to giving these Quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them".

And, Snyder, said, the testimony of five other accusers who testified was not necessary for the conviction.

This came nearly 11 months after a mistrial at Cosby's first trial when the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Snyder said he entered the deliberation room without a guilty or not guilty verdict in mind and the charges did not feel like an "open-and-shut case".

The jury's decision was only influenced by what happened in court, and Cosby's own words sealed his fate, a juror said in an interview Monday.

The paper quotes Cosby saying: "When they send me to that place, I want you to be there to tell my story because it seems no one is listening, no one wants the real story".




He revealed that some agree Cosby is guilty, but others have told them they are still convinced he is innocent.

President Cecile Richards came forward to claim that since sexual assault is only about 3% of what Bill Cosby performed over his long and illustrious career, the egregious offenses should be overlooked.

The investigation into Cosby was reopened in July 2015 after a federal judge, acting on a request from The Associated Press, unsealed portions of Cosby's deposition testimony from a civil lawsuit he settled with his accuser, Andrea Constand, in 2006 for almost $3.4 million.

Snyder even said he didn't even know what the #MeToo movement is, that it consists of celebrities coming forward and outing those who have allegedly sexually assaulted them.

The prosecutors who put Bill Cosby away say they're confident the conviction at his suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault retrial will stand. You would say that he's guilty'. "I didn't even know what he was on trial for".

Cosby is facing a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison; ten years for each conviction. After Cosby's first trial, the judge released the list. "Not once were race or the #MeToo movement ever discussed, nor did either factor into our decision, as implied in various media outlets".

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.