Juror says Bill Cosby's own words led to his conviction

Juror says Bill Cosby's own words led to his conviction

Juror says Bill Cosby's own words led to his conviction

Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The youngest member in the jury panel, 22-year-old Harrison Snyder, said in a recent interview with ABC News (see the video below) that Bill Cosby's words in his deposition led to his conviction.

That admission, which the actor made when he was facing a civil lawsuit, had also been a key piece of evidence for prosecutors in Cosby's first trial on the charges, which ended previous year with that jury unable to reach a verdict.

Feden and prosecutor Stewart Ryan spoke to the AP on Saturday about the almost three-year journey from reopening the Cosby case to last Thursday's verdict, how they restructured their approach after last year's hung jury and the sacrifices they faced along the way. "I didn't do what they said I did", Cosby explained to the Post.

In the deposition from the 2005 civil lawsuit filed by Constand, Cosby described giving drugs, including the sedative Quaaludes, and alcohol to women before sex, hosting Constand at his home and a slew of other acts.

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Prosecutors used Cosby's statements - which confirmed much of Constand's story and referenced his use of drugs in sexual encounters with other women - against him at both trials.

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And, Snyder, said, the testimony of five other accusers who testified was not necessary for the conviction. "I don't think it necessarily mattered that these other five women were here".

For his part, Snyder said that, before the trial, he "I didn't really even know about the #MeToo movement".

"After thoughtful and meticulous consideration of the information and evidence provided to us, we came to our unanimous verdict". His publicist called the conviction a "public lynching". "So, if they send me to that place, then that's what they will do and I will have to go there", Cosby told the Post.

Complainant Andrea Constand, left, embraces prosecutor Kristen Feden at a news conference after Cosby was found guilty on Thursday.

"I sat in that cell where he lived and I saw how he lived... what he had to eat to live and what he went through".

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.

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