NC A&T Revokes Bill Cosby's Honorary Degree

Tom Mesereau the lawyer for Bill Cosby fell asleep for 30 minutes as the judge read back the comedian's prior testimony to jurors during their deliberations

This is the first known instance of Johns Hopkins rescinding an honorary degree, which the university has presented to more than 480 individuals since 1880.

Boston College will now rescind the honorary degree it awarded to Bill Cosby in 1996, according to University Spokesman Jack Dunn.

The 80-year-old Cosby, meanwhile, remains free on $1 million bail after Thursday's conviction but must stay inside his home and wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device.

The next day, Cosby spoke to 1,100 graduates and their families at A&T's commencement. 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.

"We don't think Mr. Cosby is guilty of anything".

A jury convicted Cosby Thursday on three counts of counts of aggravated indecent assault. "It wasn't predicated on Cosby and all the other witnesses".

Cosby's lawyers, who have pledged to appeal, will likely argue that a prison can not take care of the 80-year-old who has said he is blind.

Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand, center, and supporters embrace after Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial.

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The verdict comes after an initial trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial, and after dozens of women had come forward with their own accusations against the comedian. Mesereau's defence strategy was far more aggressive than one put forth by Cosby's first set of lawyers, buoyed by a ruling allowing a former colleague to testify that Constand once mused about framing a prominent person, so she could sue and "get that money".

While dozens of women claimed that they had also been assaulted by Cosby, the statute of limitations had run out on majority.

"The path to this guilty verdict was a long one, and we couldn't have gotten here to this just verdict without the courageous support of Andrea and the other victims who testified in this trial", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement.

Friday afternoon, Temple University - the school with which Cosby has always been associated with - announced that it, too, had pulled an honorary degree the school awarded to Cosby in 1991.

At 80 years old, he is now likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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

Cosby could be headed to prison when he is sentenced in 60 to 90 days. Bill Cosby was a member of that small class of celebrities who transcended race, age, and economic class to appeal to nearly anyone, and he has been a fixture of American culture for more than fifty years.

Kuvin's next move is to seek depositions of Cosby and his staff in an attempt to place Cosby at the Playboy Mansion when the alleged attack occurred.

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