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Bill Cosby threw a courtroom tantrum after a jury found him guilty

From the historic trial emerged stories of Cosby barking like a dog, yelling at the District Attorney, and laughing during closing arguments.

by Alexa Liautaud
Apr 26 2018, 8:33pm

Bill Cosby stared straight ahead, quiet, and expressionless as the judge read out the jury’s guilty verdict on charges of aggravated indecent assault, and he appeared stoic as he walked out of the courtroom with his lawyer soon after. But Cosby was anything but emotionless before and after those moments.

From the historic trial emerged stories of Cosby barking like a dog, yelling at the District Attorney, and laughing during closing arguments.

On Thursday, for example, the judge made an announcement that the six alternate jurors would be greeted by a courthouse comfort dog for an hour. When the judge finished talking about the dog, Cosby reportedly stood up and started mimicking a barking dog, according to the Associated Press.

On Tuesday, Bill Cosby was caught laughing, literally smiling from ear-to-ear, during the prosecutor’s closing arguments. The prosecutor, Kristen Feden, saw him and called him out.

“He’s laughing like it’s funny!” Feden said loudly. “But there’s absolutely nothing funny about stripping a woman of her capacity to consent.”

He also engaged in a noticeable stare-down with Feden during the trial, the Washington Post reported. CBS reports his wife, Camille, also "smirked and pursed her lips a few times" during the trial, though she remained generally expressionless and was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read.

In the very last moments of the trial, after the verdict was reached and before the judge had ruled on bail, Cosby had another outburst. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele was urging the judge to take Cosby into custody immediately, arguing that he was a flight-risk because he owned a private plane. Cosby reportedly yelled at the district attorney, “He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole!”

The judge responded, “Enough of that,” according to the New York Times, and denied the prosecution's request to revoke his bail, but did order Cosby to surrender his passport.

Cosby is facing up to thirty years in prison, a maximum of ten years for each charge, though he'll likely serve less than that thanks to state laws.

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