Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Aggravated Indecent Assault

 Bill Cosby walks after it was announced a verdict is in at the Montgomery County Courthouse for day 14 of his sexual assault retrial on April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.
Bill Cosby walks after it was announced a verdict is in at the Montgomery County Courthouse for day 14 of his sexual assault retrial on April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.
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On Thursday a jury in Norristown, Pa., that consisted of seven men and five women found Bill Cosby guilty of aggravated indecent assault after 14 hours of deliberation.

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Cosby was on trial for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. During the trial, five women testified against the 80-year-old comedian and spoke about similar incidents of drugging and sexual assault that they experienced with Cosby.

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Over the last couple of years, more than 50 women have come forward and alleged that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them, claims that Cosby has denied.

During deliberations, a juror asked Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill what the definition of consent was, but O’Neill told them that he could not give the definition but to use common sense.

Assistant Montgomery County District Attorney Kristen Feden told jurors that Cosby preyed on women over a career that spanned 50 years.

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“He preyed on Andrea Constand the same way he preyed on all those five women,” Feden said.

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Cosby nows faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count.

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DISCUSSION

Wasn’t expecting that video of the women hugging and crying together to make my eyes watery, but there you go.

A little over 9 years ago, I was raped by an ex-boyfriend. I chose not to press charges because I didn’t think I’d have a valid case based on lack of evidence and didn’t want to go through an awful trial of he-said, she-said. Instead, I went through a downward spiral of recklessness that had me depressed for almost two years afterwards. I chose that path because I was afraid.

Whenever I see a sexual assault trial rule in favor of the victim, I get so emotional because I’m just so happy for them for their bravery. You’re fighting the good fight, ladies.