The Bill Cosby Verdict: A Shift From the Status Quo

Jurors were unable to reach a verdict after more than nine hours of deliberations on Wednesday before being dismissed at 9.30pm to resume on Thursday

Jurors were unable to reach a verdict after more than nine hours of deliberations on Wednesday before being dismissed at 9.30pm to resume on Thursday

Temple University has rescinded an honorary doctorate it had awarded to Bill Cosby, a graduate of the Philadelphia school and longtime fundraiser, where years later he met the woman whom he was convicted of sexually assaulting.

According to the New Haven Register, the Yale Corporation will review the university's practice of not revoking honorary degrees once they are handed out.

The retrial of Bill Cosby, on charges of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, ended yesterday with a guilty verdict. There is a maximum of 30 years, with 10 years on each count.

Wyatt says Cosby maintains his innocence.

The same can be said for Constand, who was working in the athletic department at Temple University - Cosby's alma mater where he sat on the board of trustees and donated millions of dollars - at the time of her interaction with the sitcom star.

She said she was "slut shamed" on the stand by Cosby's legal team, but that she "just sat there and got mad". Dozens of women have come forward to accuse the entertainer of sexual assault, with the alleged incidents spanning a period of fifty years.

Cosby's attorney, Tom Mesereau, will probably ask the court that his client be given home confinement during the appeal, which could take months or even years, CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson said. The jury recognized the 80-year-old actor guilty.

Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in his retrial on Thursday. After taking the pills, Constand said that she went into both a mental and physical haze, but remembers Cosby performing sexual acts on her body without consent. Cosby reacted to the district attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania's request to not allow Cosby to be released on bail. But if Bill Cosby can finally be convicted of sexual assault, then every victim, every cop, every crime lab and every prosecutor should know that while the cases before them might be hard, they are not impossible.

"The first thing that went through my mind is joy and overwhelming tears", Janice Baker-Kinney said Friday on "Good Morning America."

Many of Cosby's friends and former co-stars have had strong opinions of varying degrees on the allegations he faces, with his former Cosby Show daughter Lisa Bonet recently saying that she felt he had a "sinister" side.

He is to be sentenced in 60 to 90 days.

Temple joined at least three other major United States universities that took back honorary degrees since Thursday's verdict, reflecting a broader reappraisal of the comedian's place in American culture after his sexual assault conviction.

The women's testimony introduced a "huge amount of prejudice and bias", Cosby spokeswoman Ebonee Benson said on ABC.

The verdict is being recognised as the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, with several celebrities, including some who have made sexual misconduct allegation of their own, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand has done. Constand has done so.

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