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The comedian was found guilty in court on Thursday, April 26 after a two-week trial, during which Janice and four other alleged victims of Cosby's sexual misconduct testified against him.

Criminal defense attorney Roy Black, whose clients have included Justin Bieber and Rush Limbaugh, says it's clear why the first jury to weigh whether Cosby was guilty of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 wasn't convinced beyond a reasonable doubt and the second one was.

The comic claimed the encounter was consensual and has at all times denied any wrongdoing.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, who brought the charges against Cosby, held a press conference after the verdict.

"I didn't want Cosby to see me face to face". Some of his accusers were in court and cheered as the verdict was announced.

The verdict was a vindication for the prosecution, with the district attorney who presided over the conviction saying the real Cosby had been unmasked after he "spent decades preying on women". She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited his home to ask for career advice 14 years ago.

"We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law", said Gloria Allred, the high-profile lawyer who represents 33 Cosby accusers.

Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of aggravated #Indecent Assault. 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.

Cosby was accused by more than just a few women, and their stories were identical: He invited me to his room, he drugged me, he raped me.

"The time for the defendant to escape justice is over", prosecutor Stewart Ryan said in his closing argument.

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When she came to, she said Cosby was penetrating her vagina with his fingers, groping her breasts and making her masturbate him. Prosecutors said these "prior bad acts" witnesses showed that Cosby's actions toward Constand were part of a pattern and not a one-time mistake.

After failing to win a conviction previous year, prosecutors had more courtroom weapons at their disposal for the retrial.

In 2015, felony criminal charges were filed against Cosby after a judge unsealed Cosby's 2005 civil deposition; a mistrial was declared past year, but the case was retried, and Cosby was convicted Thursday. Feden also expressed his elation for the victims and mentioned that he was proud of the women for speaking out against Cosby during the trials.

Their star witness, a longtime Temple employee, testified that Constand once spoke of setting up a prominent person and suing. His defense will argue that the additional testimony prejudiced the jury, and they may also point to any of the judge's rulings during the retrial as reason for appeal.

But Cosby himself had long ago confirmed sordid revelations about drugs and extramarital sex.

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

"Money and power or who you are will not stop us from a criminal investigation and prosecuting a case", Mr Steele said, as Ms Constand stood beside him.

Lublin was a model in Las Vegas in 1989 when he agency called her, asking if she wanted to meet Cosby.

The entertainer broke racial barriers as the first black actor to star in a network show, "I Spy", in the 1960s.

That mystique won't have worked on everyone - there's a generation of millennials who've never watched and therefore won't consider The Cosby Show a relevant factor, and yet it seemed enough to muddy the waters in enough people's minds.


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