Bill Cosby was found guilty on all counts in his retrial in Pennsylvania on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.
“On the second day of its deliberations at the Montgomery County Courthouse in [Norristown] northwest of Philadelphia, the jury returned to convict Mr. Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, at the time a Temple University employee he had mentored,” The New York Times reports. “The three counts — penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant — are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, though the sentences could be served concurrently.”
Cosby’s first trial last summer ended in a mistrial when the jury was unable after six days of deliberations to agree on a verdict.
“Mr. Cosby sat back in his chair after the verdict was announced and quietly stared down.,” The Times reports. “Several women who have accused Mr. Cosby of abusing them, and attended the trial each day, briefly cheered, then fell silent. Judge Steven T. O’Neill praised the jurors, calling it ‘an extraordinarily difficult case’ and adding, ‘You have sacrificed much, but you have sacrificed in the service of justice.’”
USA Today reports that Cosby, 80, is “in failing health,” adding that “any prison term is likely a death sentence.”
The AP notes that the case is “the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.”
“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 AP reports.
The AP report adds: “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.”
Prosecutor Stewart Ryan is quoted saying in his closing argument: “The time for the defendant to escape justice is over. It’s finally time for the defendant to dine on the banquet of his own consequences.”