Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Imprisonment: Bill Cosby likens self to Mandela

Imprisonment: Bill Cosby likens self to Mandela

Harrison Snyder told ABC's Good Morning America that it "wasn't an open and shut case" and the decision was very much influenced by what played out in the courtroom. In the first trial, there was one and when you have five, they just have such prejudicial value and I think it just overwhelmed the jury.

"People have said they still think that he's innocent", Snyder said. "He said it himself that he used drugs on other women". "The Cosby Show" actor, who was released on $1 million bail, may serve jail time, but that doesn't mean he will be treated like just another inmate.

Cosby said he rejected a plea deal that would have required him to serve house arrest and register as a sex offender - a claim rejected by the DA's office past year, when Cosby's side first made it, and again on Monday.

Cosby settled for almost $3.4 million but described giving the now-banned quaaludes, a sedative, to women before having sex with them in the 1970s. The 80-year-old, who is reportedly suffering from several health issues and could face a maximum of 10 years in prison for each count, may receive special treatment should he be sentenced to prison.

"Certainly, the prosecution put up vigorous case ... but I thought the defense did a significant job of discrediting Andrea Constand giving the jury an indication that there was a number of lies she told over a period of time", Jackson said.

Despite questions of whether the public nature of the case, growing racial tensions in the United States, or the media hype surrounding the #MeToo movement came into play when coming to a verdict, Snyder says none of these were ever discussed.

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Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand (left) embraces prosecutor Kristen Feden during a news conference after Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial.

Comedian-actor's admission of drugging women ultimately led to his downfall. "I didn't even know what he was on trial for".

They claimed that then-D.A. Bruce Castor promised Cosby he would never be prosecuted in the Constand case and that this promise extended to all future holders of the district attorney's office.

Accuser Andrea Constand's allegations that Cosby had drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004, revived out of almost a decade of dormancy by another comedian's viral joke, had coalesced into a movement of women who said he violated them, too. "So I didn't even know what he was on trial for".

"I really only found out about it after I got home".

He said the #MeToo movement wasn't a factor in his decision.

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