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Prosecution Want Jurors Names Kept Secret in Cosby Case

20 June 2017, 09:24 | Myron Mathis

An alternate juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said Monday he "probably" would have voted guilty if given the chance. The comic icon is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Cheltenham Township home in 2004 with the use of blue pills and wine.

The 11-day trial was expected to come at a high cost for the county.

"She has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done", Steele said. "The public is entitled to the same access in the Cosby case as any other matter that comes before the court".

McCloskey posted his juror ID badge on Facebook to prove he was on the alternate jury. 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.

Mike McCloskey appears to be the first member of the sequestered 12-person jury or the panel of six alternates to speak publicly about the case.

He said the jurors were completely mum on what caused the mistrial on the bus ride back to the hotel near the Norristown courthouse.


It is also unknown how close the jury may have come to reaching a unanimous decision in the Bill Cosby case.

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani. "So we hope doing this and moving forward in this case sends a strong message that victims of these types of crimes can come forward and be heard".

Concerns about the case's visibility had already prompted O'Neill to import jurors for the first trial from Pittsburgh, around 300 miles (480 km) from the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

Media organizations including The Associated Press are seeking the jurors' identities. After 52 hours of deliberation, a mistrial was declared. The jurors apparently decided Saturday that they had had enough. The 44-year-old is reportedly gay, a factor that may call into question Cosby's argument that she consented to their sexual encounter.

Bill Cosby listens to his wife Camille's statement being read aloud by Ebonee M. Benson outside the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. As she was unconscious, she said that he groped and penetrated her.

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. At one point during the trial, McMonagle stood beside Cosby and suggested to jurors that while Cosby may have been an unfaithful husband, that didn't make him a criminal.



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