Cosby's conviction indicative of public versus private personas
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis May 01, 2018,
May 01, 2018, 6:42
The jurors who convicted Bill Cosby at his sexual assault retrial in the Philadelphia area said the decision was only influenced by what happened in court, and the youngest member of the panel said the comedian's own words sealed his fate.
"It was his deposition, really", Snyder, 22, the youngest of the 12 jurors, said in an interview that aired Monday on ABCs Good Morning America.
A jury in Norristown, Pennsylvania, last Thursday found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. They stated race and the #MeToo motion had been by no means mentioned.
Interestingly, the 22-year-old juror is too young to have watched The Cosby Show like many in the US remember.
At 80 years old, Cosby is reportedly "mentally preparing" to head to prison despite the appeals.
"It was devastating for everyone involved", she said. He said the testimony, far more explicit than what Cosby said in his lone police statement, showed "exactly what's going on" in his mind. He said he was barely familiar with the accusations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted dozens of women. 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.
Millionaire comedian Bill Cosby will likely see his entourage of aides replaced by an inmate paid pennies to help the legally blind convict navigate life behind bars after he is sentenced for sexual assault. "You would say that he's guilty", Snyder said.
"I think it was his deposition, really". His publicist has declared his conviction a 'public lynching'.
He said the #MeToo movement wasn't a factor in his decision. "When people in positions of power use that power to victimize people, I find that to be beyond disgusting".
Feden, who worked out a deal to stay as a special prosecutor after leaving for private practice, said she felt "that needed to be exposed".
Snyder said he believed the testimony of Constand, who testified April 13 about the night in 2004 she was assaulted at Cosbys house.
Meanwhile, Snyder and his fellow jurors have also released a joint statement addressing the #MeToo claims: "We were asked to assess the credibility of Ms. Constand's account of what happened to her, and each one of us found her account credible and compelling", it reads.
In the 2005 deposition, Cosby acknowledged that he had drugged another accuser, Therese Serignese, after they met at a Las Vegas hotel in 1976.