Juror says Bill Cosby's own words led to conviction


The jury in Bill Cosby's retrial found the TV icon guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.

"I think it was his deposition, really", said Harrison Snyder, 22, of Montgomery County in the USA state of Pennsylvania, in an interview with ABC News.

The 22-year-old said it "wasn't an open and shut case", but that he had no doubt the jury made the right decision in convicting Cosby Thursday on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

NBC's "At this time" present stated Monday the Cosby jury issued an announcement saying its choice was not influenced in any approach by elements aside from what was seen and heard within the courtroom.

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Moreover, while many speculated that the #MeToo movement loomed large and perhaps swayed the jury in the Cosby trial, Snyder said he doesn't believe it played a role in the jury's decision at all.

However, Bill Cosby is now 80 years old, which is not an easy age to have to adjust to prison life, so Cosby might be given some special assistance once he arrives.

Not once were race or the #metoo movement ever discussed, nor did either factor into our decision, as implied in various media outlets. Snyder was among the seven men and five women that came to the conclusion that Cosby was guilty, after spending a little over 12 hours deliberating.

In addition to Cosby's deposition, Snyder said that an expert witness played a role as well. "I just tell them that if you were there, you would say the same thing - that he's guilty".

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"Now, we really know today who was really behind that act, who the real Bill Cosby was".

But, when the jury began their deliberations, they were unanimous.

"I felt like this verdict could dictate something more", Feden said.

He said Cosby "was a man who had evaded this moment for far too long", adding: "He used his celebrity, he used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to help him hide his crimes". "When people in positions of power use that power to victimize people, I find that to be beyond disgusting".

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While Cosby's conviction serves as a victory for those who have long-suffered in silence at the hands of sexual predators, indicating a long-overdue shift in society's allowance of such vile behavior, in another way, it equally serves as a reminder that perception often differs from reality.