Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have voted to convict

Camille Rivera
June 20, 2017

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

McMonagle said Camille Cosby's words will not have any effect on the case, should there be a retrial.

A few minutes into their fifth day of deliberations, the jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case Friday morning told the judge it remains deadlocked and asked him to define "reasonable doubt".

Bill Cosby leaves the courthouse after the judge declared a mistrial on Saturday.

The Constand case is the only one that fell within the statutes of limitations, and Philadelphia District Attorney Kevin Steele was voracious in fighting to take down Cosby. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanim.

Media organizations including The Associated Press urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process".

"We commend those prosecutors", they continued, "who raised awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug related sexual assaults is the affect the drug has on the victim's memory and ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury". It's unclear how many jurors voted for conviction and how many wanted an acquittal.

In addition to bracing himself for a new criminal trial, Cosby is also battling civil cases, accusing him of sexual battery or defamation. Instead, Cosby emerged from the courthouse with his publicity team, which read a statement from his wife that accused the judge likely to retry him of arrogance and collusion with prosecutors. They say that releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial. Cosby gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of accuser Andrea Constand's lawsuit against him. They cited Cosby's own statements that he gave her pills and touched her sexually and called another accuser to the stand to make the case that Cosby had a pattern of drugging and assaulting women.

McCoskey said he was "ridiculously sick" when he found out the jury was deadlocked.

Judge Steven O'Neill said Friday that defense lawyers have made at least four bids for a mistrial as the deliberations have worn on without a verdict. Prosecutors plan to retry the 79-year-old star on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004.

Cosby's defense team questioned Constand's credibility, pointing to inconsistencies in her accounts to the police, and argued that the 2004 encounter was consensual and "romantic". The trial took place outside Philadelphia, but the jury came from the Pittsburgh area. Even if the host only took the few minutes he used to discuss the Cosby trial on Sunday to instead address it from a more reflective angle, I believe it would have constituted a better use of his platform than his use of it to focus on the odd nature of Cosby's behavior. As the days passed, the jury repeatedly asked to rehear portions of the testimony.

A man who says he was an alternate juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial is having his say.

The juror names remain shielded from the public under a protective order that several news outlets have challenged. They joined Marty Moss-Coane on Monday's edition of Radio Times to talk about the legal proceedings, but also about what it was like to cover the trial, in which jurors were anonymous and cameras and smartphones were prohibited.

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