A decision was made regarding the controversial case of Bill Cosby. On April 26, the jury put an end to the excitement and anticipation, reaching a unanimous decision that would culminate the fall of one of the most famous comedians in the world. After years of speculation and accusations, the Montgomery County court in Pennsylvania brought peace to the victims who were waiting for this moment.
It was a day that prosecutors had dreamed of arriving, with the convictions against the 80-year-old comedian who finally won. Known as the "father of the United States" for years, he has now been convicted of sexual assault charges against several women. Convicted of three serious crimes of aggravated indecent assault, Mr. Cosby will now face the consequences of his actions behind bars. Once known as a man of wit and humor, he will now spend the next few years paying for the mistake he has made against so many victims.
According to CNN, "What was revealed through this investigation was a man who had spent decades attacking women who had drugged and sexually assaulted, and a man who evaded this moment here too long," he said. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele to reporters. "He used his fame, used his wealth, used his network of followers to help him hide his crimes." Although many did not want to believe the 60 different victims who identified Cosby as their aggressor, with the assaults going so far. In the mid-1960s, the disturbing truth was finally revealed. Tom Mesereau, who is Cosby's lawyer, said he plans to appeal "very strongly" and that they are very disappointed with the verdict. "We do not believe that Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything and the fight is not over," he revealed.
A decision that had taken years to make arose from an initial testimony of Andrea Constand, a former employee of the women's basketball team at Temple University, who testified that Cosby had drugged her and sexually assaulted her 14 years ago, when he had he visited him at home hoping to receive professional advice. With very little forensic evidence to show, five other women then spoke and testified, justifying Andrea's claims, revealing a pattern of actions. Still, Cosby's defense team launched opposing attacks on credibility, claiming that Andrea was a "swindler" in search of part of Cosby's fortune, and claiming that the sexual interaction was consensual.
After the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, this became the first high-profile case that developed in the public eye, and in the future, according to The New York Times : "accounts of Accusing women can be given a greater weight and credibility by the jury. "The verdict was considered a" warning to sexual predators everywhere, "as indicated by the National Organization of Women. Since then, several women have spoken out about the big decision, one of them is Rose McGowan, a woman involved in accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, thanking the judge and the jury, as well as the "society for awakening". In addition, the lawyer who represented many of Cosby's accusers said the decision was an important step forward, adding: "After all, women were finally believed."
Despite challenging these claims and the doubts of Cosby's critics, Bill himself has admitted decades of flirting, and giving women quaaludes in an attempt to have sex with them. Cosby did not testify in his own defense.
It was a day of celebration, since the verdict was met with laughter and tears among the victims. "We just collapsed into each other's arms, we were crying," said Patricia Steuer The New York Times . Another woman, Lili Bernard, said ABC News: "I feel that my faith in humanity has been restored," and added: " Today, this jury has shown that the #MeTo movement is saying, that women are worthy of being believed. " After the long and challenging trial battle for the women who were the victims of Cosby's actions, she gained a sense of liberation when the verdict brought music to her ears. Despite the verdict, the Cosby camp remains adamant about the fact that he is not guilty, and that "these juries did not do well". With the accounts of the nearly 60 women who showed up, it's safe to say that justice was, in fact, served at last.
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