Prosecutors: Bill Cosby sexual-assault conviction will stand

In the wake of the Me Too Movement Bill Cosby has been convicted on three counts of sexual assault on Andrea Constand

In the wake of the Me Too Movement Bill Cosby has been convicted on three counts of sexual assault on Andrea Constand

Kristen Feden and Stewart Ryan spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday about the almost three-year journey from reopening the case to last Thursday's verdict and how they restructured their approach after last year's hung jury.

The actor's statement was recorded more than a decade ago, as part of a civil suit Constand had filed against him and settled in 2006.

Harrison Snyder said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that Cosby's deposition - in which he admitted giving women drugs to have sex with them - was the evidence that made him believe he was guilty.

Prosecutor Kristen Feden told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that in the tense moments before the jury convicted Cosby, she started to worry about the global implications if the #MeToo era's first big trial went the other way.

Snyder said he doesn't have any doubts "at all" that the jury reached the right decision.

"I think it was his deposition, really", the 22-year-old juror said.

It will be telling to see what the rest of the jury - there were five women and seven men, and three jurors said they or a family member had been the victim of a sexual assault - feel the same way as this young, white, male juror, who said that it was Cosby's words, rather than the words of his victims, that clinched his decision. This same testimony was read to jurors at both trials. "I don't think it necessarily mattered that these other five women were here". "I didn't even really know about the #MeToo movement". His publicist has declared his conviction a "public lynching", and his lawyers have vowed to appeal.

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Meanwhile, the jury forewoman released a statement to say that the verdict was based exclusively on the evidence.

Feden, Ryan and their boss, District Attorney Kevin Steele said they are confident Cosby's conviction will stand.

Interestingly enough, the jurors also released an official statement and said the recent #MeToo movement was not an influencing factor as it wasn't discussed at all during the deliberation. He referred to prison as "that place".

Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Elkins Park home in 2004.

"I sat in that cell where he lived and I saw how he lived... what he had to eat to live and what he went through".

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand did.

Until he is sentenced, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled the 80-year-old comedian will be on house arrest with an ankle bracelet.

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