Thursday, 19 July, 2018

'Filled with awe', says Bill Cosby prosecutor

Author Terry Mc Millan responded to Bill Cosby's conviction on Thursday by tweeting Author Terry Mc Millan responded to Bill Cosby's conviction on Thursday by tweeting""Hallelujah. It's about damn time. #FinallyHimToo
Diane Mills | 30 April, 2018, 11:48

"You're now on trial for your character, not what you're charged with".

Bill Cosby has been ordered to wear a Global Positioning System ankle bracelet and not leave his Philadelphia home after a jury found him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

That moment had been years in the making.

She had been stressed, she told him, so he offered her three blue pills that he said would calm her.

During her testimony, Lotte-Lublin said she spoke to Cosby directly at times.

Ms Constand accused Cosby of incapacitating her with tablets earlier than molesting her whereas she drifted out and in of consciousness. "I feel like I have to pinch myself". I wanted to have them as my neighbours, my friends, my doctor.

Former federal prosecutor Priya Sopori says she thinks this trial provides some insight into how juries will now view cases against high-profile men.

During the trial, Cosby's defense attorneys worked hard to discredit the victim's testimonies by ruining their credibility and labeling them as "gold diggers" who were just after their client's fortune. "I trusted him because he's 'America's Dad'".

"I've been holding this in since 1982 and it's slowly seeping out of me, the toxicity levels of emotion and catastrophic pain and nightmares for so very many years", she said, revealing her husband, Dr. Robert Gerner, awoke her with the Cosby news. She then sued him in civil court, and the two reached a settlement in 2006 for $3.38 million.

"So did it hurt (Cosby's) case?"

That deposition would remain secret for nearly a decade. Sure, it was amusing, the dancing was magic (those pursed lips, that constipated face, the wiggling head and rigid, jerky movements) and Rudy was adorable, but the real reason I was rooting so hard for the Huxtables is because it was one of the first positive representations of Black American culture that I had been exposed to.

In 2014, comedian Hannibal Buress performed a routine contrasting Cosby's moral stances with the allegations against him.

Dozens of women have also accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, however Andrea's allegations are the only ones that have resulted in criminal charges.

Cosby's appeal is likely to focus on the five "prior bad acts" witnesses who testified that Cosby drugged and assaulted them in the 1980s. Whereas before our judges and juries required mountains of corroboration to build a circumstantial case, now the similar echoed stories of a few other women sealed the deal.

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As pressure on Cosby mounted, a judge chose to publicly release the deposition in which he spoke of his use of Quaaludes.

Ms Constand reported the attack, but the district attorney refused to press charges.

The first criminal trial against Cosby past year ended in a hung jury and a mistrial. Al Franken. During closing arguments, Cosby's lawyers slammed.MeToo, calling Cosby its victim and likening it to a witch hunt or a lynching.

Since Cosby's first trial, the #MeToo movement has taken down powerful men in rapid succession, among them Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen. She and several other women went out into the courtroom hallway, embracing and crying tears of joy.

All of the additional witnesses who testified at the retrial had been assaulted in Nevada.

Lublin chose to go to the police, but officers told her there was nothing they could do. "I couldn't move, I felt like I was rendered motionless".

Andrea Constand tweeted Friday morning a "very profound and heartfelt thank you" to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its service and sacrifices. I regret nothing, because I haven't changed my mind about the holes that make Swiss cheese of the legal foundations for the prosecution.

Cosby's legal team also made a statement, vowing "the fight is not over".

"We are vindicated. We are validated, and we are now part of the tsunami of women's power and justice".

All those vocal critics of #metooNZ when it launched, need to hear this next one - not a single survivor has insisted on naming and shaming their harasser. "After all is said and done, women were finally believed".

Cosby must also wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device under the order issued Friday by Judge Steven O'Neill.

Bill Cosby has been found guilty.

Cosby waved to the crowd outside the courthouse, got into an SUV and left without saying anything.

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