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Bill Cosby found guilty of all three charges of indecent assault

Bill Cosby found guilty of all three charges of indecent assault

After 14 hours of deliberations, the jury reached a verdict around 1:30 p.m. and determined Cosby was guilty on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.

Crucial to the second trial was Judge Steven O'Neill's decision to let five other women testify how Cosby had preyed on them in a similar manner, to demonstrate "common plan, scheme or design".

Fighting back tears, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said during a post-trial press conference, that the case helped showed who "the real Bill Cosby was", and thanked all the people who helped them get a conviction.

In arguing over when Cosby's encounter with Constand took place, Cosby's lawyers sought to suggest that the comedian was charged after the 12-year statute of limitations for prosecuting him had run out.

"She is the exact reason why women, and men (who are victims) of sexual assault don't report these crimes".

Numerous women that accused Cosby had passed the statute of limitations.

Constand said she became close with Cosby, who was a major supporter of the university, and viewed him as a mentor. This time around, the judge allowed five such women to take the stand.

Another Cosby defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, called Constand a "pathological liar". All of the women except for Lublin said they were sexually assaulted by him.

"He doesn't have a plane, you a-hole", Cosby said, according to multiple reporters inside. Constand then filed a civil suit against Cosby, and they settled out of court for a considerable sum - $3.38 million - that would remain a secret until brought to light at the retrial this April. She and Cosby were once friends.




The defense highlighted more than a dozen inconsistencies in what Constand has said over the years.

Prosecutors said Cosby used his fame to gain the trust of unsuspecting women, time and time again, and deliberately drugged Constand so that she would be unable to resist his advances.

The case was the first celebrity sexual assault trial since the #MeToo movement began last fall, and as such, represented a test of how the cultural movement translates into a courtroom arena.

Both prosecutors and defense lawyers were more aggressive in their courtroom tactics and cross-examinations, and in their regular sniping at each other.

Janice Baker-Kinney, who alleges he drugged and raped her in 1982, said she is relieved "this toxic chain of silence has been broken" and the women can move forward "with heads held high".

Cosby has admitted that he and Constand had sexual contact in his house around 2004, but he has long maintained it was consensual.

That wasn't enough, though, because on Wednesday the jurors asked for the legal definition of consent.

Along the way, Bliss defended the idea of criminal defense itself. "Witch hunts, lynchings, McCarthyism".

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