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

Bill Cosby is mentally preparing himself for prison

It will be telling to see what the rest of the jury - there were five women and seven men, and three jurors said they or a family member had been the victim of a sexual assault - feel the same way as this young, white, male juror, who said that it was Cosby's words, rather than the words of his victims, that clinched his decision.

Snyder's sentiments echoed similar statements from some jurors in Cosby's first trial, which ended in a mistrial and hung jury in June, who cited 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 $3.4 million.

Ryan likened Cosby's description of a purported sexual encounter with Constand to "reading some disgusting pornography novel". In an interview that aired on Good Morning America, 22-year-old Harrison Snyder said Cosby's 2005 deposition in a civil suit is what swayed him, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. His publicist called the conviction a "public lynching".

Following Thursday's (Apr. 26) verdict where he was found guilty of three counts of felony indecent aggravated assault against Andrea Constand, Bill Cosby says he is preparing for his potential 30-year prison stint by channeling the spirit of Nelson Mandela.

It was then Cosby reportedly shouted: 'He doesn't have a plane, you a-hole!'

"That was the most sickening part of this all", she said.

"I think it was his deposition, really".

"One thing I stress is that a conviction is not necessarily going to change anything", she said.

The jurors deliberated for nearly 15 hours over two days before announcing the verdict, and on Monday (30Apr18), jury member Harrison Snyder explained it was Cosby's own words which sealed his fate in the criminal retrial.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand has done. "Our decision was not influenced in any way by factors other than what we heard and saw in the courtroom", she wrote, per NBC News.

Interestingly enough, the jurors also released an official statement and said the recent #MeToo movement was not an influencing factor as it wasn't discussed at all during the deliberation.

Cosby, who is current on house arrest as he awaits sentencing, faces up to 10 years behind bars for each count.

"After thoughtful and meticulous consideration of the information and evidence provided to us, we came to our unanimous verdict", the jury said.



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