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The Cosby Verdict, Witch Hunt or Justice Served? Tonight on “Conversations of A Sistah”

Bill Cosby was found guilty of drugging and molesting former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his home in 2004, paid the alleged victim an undisclosed sum of $3.4 million in 2006 to settle a civil suit alleging he sexually assaulted her.

How is it that a case which was closed 12 years ago, could go to trial after being sealed? The proposal of the lawsuit called for depositions and other documents produced during the pretrial discovery phase to remain confidential for 14 days. Due to the confidentiality between all parties involved, certain documents from the case had been under seal until the Associated Press filed to unseal them following a flood of new allegations against the entertainer.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno decided to unseal the documents although the court rule state, that unless there is an objection, documents filed in the court will be unsealed automatically two years after the conclusion of litigation. Cosby’s lawyers objected of course but the judged unsealed the deposition anyway.

Was this a witch hunt or was justice served for the alleged victims?

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Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby Found Guilty on all three counts

The jury in Bill Cosby’s retrial found the TV icon guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.

The 80-year-old comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but would likely serve them concurrently.

After the trial concluded, Constand left through a side door in the courtroom, walking into a hallway with her arms around two women and a huge smile on her face. Cosby shouted at the prosecutor in court when his bail was discussed, observers said. 

The case against Cosby centered on testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women’s basketball team. 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.

Cosby’s defense team argued that their interaction was consensual. Constand is a con artist, they argued, who wanted a piece of Cosby’s fortune.

The case is the first celebrity sexual assault trial since the #MeToo movement began last fall, and as such, represents a test of how the cultural movement will translate into a courtroom arena.