Cosby juror: Comedian's talk of quaaludes led to conviction

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Cosby juror: Comedian's talk of quaaludes led to conviction

"I didn't even really know about the #MeToo movement".

Snyder, the youngest member on the panel, was the first person selected during the jury selection process earlier this month.

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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The jurors deliberated for nearly 15 hours over two days before announcing the verdict, and on Monday (30Apr18), jury member Harrison Snyder explained it was Cosby's own words which sealed his fate in the criminal retrial.

"Not once were race or the #MeToo movement ever discussed, nor did either factor in our decision", the statement read. Snyder was referring to Cosby's testimony in a lawsuit filed against him more than a decade ago by Andrea Constand, a case that Cosby eventually settled for $3.4 million.

That alleged agreement prompted Cosby's candor in the 2005 deposition, Cosby's team argued; the deal, which would help Constand's civil suit, meant that the testimony could never be deployed in a criminal case against Cosby.

Prosecutors presented new witnesses at Cosby's most recent trial that the judge had blocked them from calling in 2017, including five other women who accused him of drugging and assaulting them.

"After thoughtful and meticulous consideration of the information and evidence provided to us, we came to our unanimous verdict", the jury said.

Though Snyder said he believed the five other Cosby accusers - including supermodel and reality TV staple Janice Dickinson - to testify at the trial, he added that their accounts did not factor into his decision.

"He stated that he gave these drugs to other women", said Snyder during the interview.

Snyder said he doesn't have any doubts "at all" that the jury reached the right decision. I didn't do what they said I did.

It wasn't the first time Cosby referenced Mandela. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for each count on which he was convicted.

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