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Today, a Pennsylvania jury found actor and comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three felony counts of sexual assault of Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004: penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant. He claimed the encounter was consensual.
Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, meaning that Cosby could be sentenced to up to 30 years. He is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines, but given his age, even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars.
According to a PBS news report, the verdict came after a two-week retrial in which prosecutors put five other women on the stand who testified that Cosby, married for 54 years, drugged and violated them, too. One of those women asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”
The verdict is in: William H. Cosby Jr. is guilty of all charges.
— Montgomery County DA (@MontcopaDA) April 26, 2018
The panel of seven men and five women reached a verdict after deliberating 14 hours over two days, vindicating prosecutors’ decision to retry Cosby after his first trial ended with a hung jury less than a year ago.
According to the Wall Street Journal, some view Mr. Cosby’s retrial as a referendum on the #MeToo movement, the wave of sexual-misconduct allegations against prominent men that burst into view last fall—after the first trial but before the second.
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