Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have convicted

20 June, 2017, 14:06 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse

Bill Cosby is facing charges of sexual assault.

Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The jurors for the first trial were already hard to find and chosen from a pool in Pittsburgh rather than Philadelphia where the alleged sexual assault took place and the trial was held. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

Jurors deliberated for more than 53 hours, several times asking to have testimony re-read, before declaring a second time that they were hopelessly deadlocked.

"I thought there would be a lot of chatter on the bus ride home", said McCloskey.

McCloskey shared a picture of what appeared to be his juror tag in a recently deleted Facebook post. He did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press on Monday. The juror's names haven't been made public and the split on the vote hasn't been disclosed, shrouding the case in mystery. I will try to keep in mind the original vision I had of Dr. Bill Cosby. That's when Judge Steven O'Neill, who presided over the heated trial, announced that the jurors (seven men and five women) had been unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

He advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn't need to discuss the case.

Even so, Oliver cautioned that the emergence of a particular narrative - that Constand's testimony was not believable, or that only one or two holdouts refused to convict Cosby - could affect potential jurors' view of the case.

In recent years at least 60 women have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.

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"We get 12 people to agree on sex assault cases all the time, but this is not any case. It's an old case, it's a controversial case, it's a case that involves questions of consent".

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the court in a memorandum to not make public their names.

Each night during the testimony phase of the trial, sheriff's deputies tried to find private dining rooms at restaurants for the jury to share a meal together, said Sheriff Sean Kilkenny, who declined to name the restaurants or the hotel where they stayed. The defense had hoped, if it did, to introduce evidence she had previously dated a man.

Prosecutors had sought to have 13 other accusers testify in Ms Constand's case, but the judge allowed only one, finding that more would unfairly prejudice the jury.

Cosby remains on $1 million bail over the three felony charges. O'Neill, acting on a defense motion, subsequently declared a mistrial. "'Probably' does not win criminal trials".

The comedian claims the pills he gave Constand were broken Benadryl tablets and that the sexual contact inside his suburban Philadelphia mansion was consensual.

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