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    Bill Cosby Retrial: No Verdict Reached, Jury to Reconvene Thursday
    April 25, 2018

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    Bill Cosby Retrial: No Verdict Reached, Jury to Reconvene Thursday NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The jury in the sexual assault retrial of Bill Cosby spent more than eight hours deliberating the charges against the entertainer on Wednesday – but broke for the night without reaching a verdict in the first celebrity trial to unfold in the heated atmosphere of the #MeToo movement.
    The panel of seven men and five women is due back Thursday morning to resume deliberations at the courthouse in suburban Philadelphia.
    The jury began considering the case on Wednesday morning, the 13th day of the retrial, after Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O’Neill instructed the panel on the law.
    Cosby, now 80, is charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, who was operations manager of the women’s basketball team at Temple University, at his home outside Philadelphia back in January 2004. He contends the sexual contact was consensual.
    Constand testified that she became friendly with Cosby, who was a popular alum and major supporter of the university, and viewed him as a mentor.

    She said when she went to his home in Montgomery County one night in early 2004 to discuss some career alternatives, he offered her three blue pills to help her relax. She said she took the pills because she trusted Cosby and believed they were some kind of an herbal relaxant, but soon became incapacitated. Then, she said, she felt his fingers inside of her, but “couldn’t fight him off.”
    Late Wednesday, jurors asked for a re-reading of Cosby’s deposition in the civil lawsuit brought against him by Constand, who received a settlement of nearly $3.4 million.
    In the deposition, Cosby describes the moves he put on Constand on the night in question. He said Constand had complained of feeling stressed so he gave her three half pills of Benedryl, telling her, “I have three friends for you to make you relax.” He said they then engaged in a “necking session” on the sofa during which he digitally penetrated her but that Constand raised no objections.
    In the deposition, Cosby also acknowledged that many years before, he used to give quaaludes to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

    The jury also asked to re-hear the testimony of key defense witness Marguerite Jackson, who testified that Constand told her in February 2004 that she could make up a claim that she had been sexually assaulted by a well-known person in order to get a financial settlement. The questions came on a day that was otherwise marked by waiting.
    Journalists from major networks and local news outlets camped out and worked on news articles while waiting for any word of a verdict or question. Cosby hung out in private with his publicity team. Constand, now a massage therapist living in Canada, also remained nearby and was in the courtroom for two of the jury questions.
    Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist, said that Cosby was relaxed, and confident that the jury will find him not guilty of all charges. “His spirits are high,” said Wyatt
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    Cosby, who was once known as “America’s Dad” for his role as the lovable Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
    Cosby’s first trial ended last June when a different jury deadlocked on all charges after more than 50 hours of deliberations. He is now facing a jury that is slightly younger over all. The jury is composed of seven men and five women, with two African-Americans.
    Constand is one of dozens of women who have accused Cosby of drugging and then assaulting them — but she is the only one whose allegation became the focus of a criminal case. The charges against Cosby were filed on Dec. 30, 2015 – just days before the 12-year statute of limitations was due to expire.

    The retrial has been marked by heated discord between the prosecution and the defense, with tensions rising in the courtroom and in closed-door discussions with the judge about legal issues in the case. Cosby’s legal team is led by veteran defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau, who successfully defended Michael Jackson against child molestation charges in 2005.
    The once-revered entertainer is the only major celebrity to face a jury amid the growing cultural awareness of the problem of sexual assault. In less than a year, dozens of rich and powerful men have been accused of sexual harassment or assault as more women have decided to publicly address the issue.

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    Bill Cosby found guilty of sexually assaulting woman in retrial
    A jury outside Philadelphia convicted Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday.
    April 26, 2018

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    Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad.
    Cosby, 80, could end up spending his final years in prison after a jury concluded he sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He claimed the encounter was consensual.

    The verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors put five other women on the stand who testified that Cosby, married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too. One of those women asked him through her tears, "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?"
    The panel of seven men and five women reached a verdict after deliberating 14 hours over two days, vindicating prosecutors' decision to retry Cosby after his first trial ended with a hung jury less than a year ago.
    Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines, but given his age, even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars.
    Constand, 45, a former Temple women's basketball administrator, told jurors that Cosby knocked her out with three blue pills he called "your friends" and then penetrated her with his fingers as she lay immobilized, unable to resist or say no.
    It was the only criminal case to arise from a barrage of allegations from more than 60 women who said the former TV star drugged and molested them over a span of five decades.
    "The time for the defendant to escape justice is over," prosecutor Stewart Ryan said in his closing argument. "It's finally time for the defendant to dine on the banquet of his own consequences."
    Another prosecutor, Kristen Feden, said Cosby was "nothing like the image that he played on TV" as sweater-wearing, wisdom-dispensing father of five Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show.

    Cosby's retrial took place against the backdrop of #MeToo, the movement against sexual misconduct that has taken down powerful men in rapid succession, among them Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.
    The jurors all indicated they were aware of #MeToo but said before the trial they could remain impartial. Cosby's lawyers slammed #MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.
    After failing to win a conviction last year, prosecutors had more courtroom weapons at their disposal for the retrial. The other accusers' testimony helped move the case beyond a he-said, she-said, allowing prosecutors to argue that Cosby was a menace to women long before he met Constand. Only one other accuser was permitted to testify at Cosby's first trial.
    Cosby's new defense team, led by Michael Jackson lawyer Tom Mesereau, launched a highly aggressive attack on Constand and the other women.
    Their star witness, a longtime Temple employee, testified that Constand once spoke of setting up a prominent person and suing. Constand sued Cosby after prosecutors initially declined to file charges, settling with him for nearly $3.4 million over a decade ago.
    "You're dealing with a pathological liar," Mesereau told the jury.
    His colleague on the defense team, Katheen Bliss, derided the other accusers as home-wreckers and suggested they made up their stories in a bid for money and fame.

    But Cosby himself had long ago confirmed sordid revelations about drugs and extramarital sex.
    In a deposition he gave over a decade ago as part of Constand's lawsuit, Cosby acknowledged he had obtained quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, "the same as a person would say, 'Have a drink.'" The sedative was a popular party drug before the U.S. banned it more than 30 years ago.
    Cosby also acknowledged giving pills to Constand before their sexual encounter. But he identified them as the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl and insisted they were meant to help her relax

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    Bill Cosby guilty on all three counts in indecent assault trial, jury decides
    T, Thu April 26, 2018

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    The jury in Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial found the comedian guilty Thursday of all three counts.
    Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. The 80-year-old former comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but would likely serve them concurrently.
    The panel began deliberating Wednesday around 11 a.m., and worked for more than 14 hours over two days to reach the verdict.
    The case against Cosby centered on testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women's basketball team. She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice.



    Cosby's defense team argued that their interaction was consensual. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby's fortune.

    The case is the first celebrity sexual assault trial since the #MeToo movement began last fall, and as such, it represents a test of how the cultural movement will translate into a courtroom arena. In closing arguments, defense attorney Kathleen Bliss positioned Cosby's legal team as standing up against "witch hunts, lynchings (and) McCarthyism."
    Although dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, only Constand's allegations resulted in criminal charges.

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    good.

    moral of the story: do not drug and rape women.

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