The 1 Thing That Made a Juror Believe Bill Cosby Is Guilty
Not too long ago, over 50 women came forward claiming Bill Cosby have committed terrible acts of sexually harassing to drugging and raping them. Some of the allegations, however, went beyond the statute of limitations, so it couldn’t go forward to court. But the spotlight on these stories has led to celebrities speaking out in support of them.
So what exactly led to Cosby getting a guilty verdict this time? A juror has come forward to shed some light on whether his fame, the #MeToo movement, or something else led to the verdict. Here are seven things to know.
1. Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts of indecent assault
Cosby has been found guilty on all three counts of indecent assault on April 26 in relation to drugging and raping Andrea Constand, according to CNN. This meant that he could be getting up to 30 years in prison, but a sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled to know when we will know what he will actually serve.
“What was revealed through this investigation was a man who had spent decades preying on women that he drugged and sexually assaulted, and a man who evaded this moment right here far too long,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele according to CNN. “He used his celebrity, he used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to help him conceal his crimes.”
Since the end of the trial, a juror has come forward to reveal how the recent movement and Cosby’s celebrity didn’t come into play with his decision
Next: This juror revealed whether he knew who Cosby was before the trial.
2. Harrison Snyder said he didn’t know a lot about Cosby before the trial
The Cosby allegations made headline news before the trial, which probably made it even harder to build a jury that was unfamiliar to him. Harrison Snyder, who was a juror, said he didn’t really know who Cosby was before the trial.
“I really didn’t know a lot. I knew he was an actor,” Snyder told ABC News. “I knew that he did The Cosby Show.” But he never watched the show because he was “too young for that.”
Next: This is what Snyder said about the #MeToo movement.
3. He also said he didn’t know about the #MeToo movement
The juror also revealed that he didn’t follow the movement that encouraged sexual assault victims to speak about their experiences. “I didn’t really even know about the #MeToo movement,” he told ABC News.
Next: Snyder said this about one woman’s testimony against Cosby.
4. Snyder said Andrea Constand’s testimony had inconsistencies
The juror wasn’t convinced by Andrea Constand’s testimony against Cosby. “There were doubts in my mind because there were inconsistencies,” he told ABC News. He said psychiatrist Dr. Barbara Ziv, who also testified, said inconsistencies are not uncommon.
Snyder then said, “So I don’t think it really played a role in my decision that there were inconsistencies.”
Next: This is what really led to Snyder believing Cosby is guilty.
5. Snyder said Cosby’s deposition is what convinced him he is guilty
Snyder revealed the one thing that swayed him. “It was his deposition, really,” he told ABC News. “Mr. Cosby admitted to giving these Quaaludes to women, young women, in order to have sex with them.”
He also said, “I don’t think it really necessarily mattered that these other five women were here, because he said it himself. That he used these drugs on other women.”
Next: This is what Snyder has heard from people about the verdict.
6. Snyder said he has gotten mixed responses to the verdict
The juror said he has heard people come to different conclusions when it comes to the guilty verdict. “Some have said that I made the right decision, and some people have said that they still think that he’s innocent,” Snyder told ABC News.
Next: He believes other people would believe Cosby is guilty too if they did this.
7. He believes others would believe Cosby is guilty too if they were at the trial
Snyder doesn’t seem to be letting other people’s opinions get to him. He continued to tell ABC News, “If you were there, you would say the same thing. You would say that he’s guilty.”
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