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Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have convicted

Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have convicted Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have convicted
Parmenio Sano | 20 Giugno, 2017, 02:31

Legal experts say prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case are likely to reshape their case for the second trial.

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Publicist Andrew Wyatt raised a clenched fist as he led the legally blind Cosby out of the courthouse after the jury deadlocked Saturday, while cameras popped and his lead defense lawyer walked away.

The judge has asked that prosecutors file a new case within 120 days; District Attorney Kevin Steele said he would. Several of them attended the criminal trial with their layers. It's unclear how many jurors voted for conviction and how many wanted an acquittal. "Trust it, believe in it, and I'm confident that if this case is retried, he'll be acquitted".

Cosby's wife, Camille, released a statement blasting the judge and prosecutors. Still, it's frustrating to see jurors succumb to ambiguity in this particular case when, to the general observer, so many women have indicted Cosby with revolting clarity in the court of public opinion. Judges in the state also have some discretion when it comes to keeping those identities secret in certain conditions.

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert ... that he couldn't have done this terrible thing".

Forty-three-year-old Mike McCloskey spoke to Pittsburgh radio station WDVE on Monday.

I think the verdict shows, once again, how hard it is to convict a celebrity of serious criminal charges, especially in a case that boils down to taking one non-famous person's word over the celebrity's account. The jurors did not mention anything about the deadlock again until Saturday when they announced they were "hopelessly deadlocked" and that the deadlock could not be resolved by additional deliberations. She passed out and she says Cosby sexually assaulted her.


It's possible the next jury could be selected in another county so as not to place too heavy of a burden on Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, said Dennis McAndrews, a former Philadelphia-area prosecutor.

Mike McCloskey, one of six alternate jurors chosen for the almost two-week trial, discussed his experience in an interview with Pittsburgh radio station WDVE.

Juror names are normally a matter of public record and judges must justify the decision to seal them, legal experts said.

After the jury's 52-hour deliberation had resulted in the court forcing the panel into a dead end, all the women responded to the mistrial ruling in misery.

Cosby faced three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging Andrea Constand and sexually violating her while she was incapacitated at his Philadelphia home in 2004.

Gianna Constand testified that Cosby described himself as a "sick old man" during a phone call with her, but refused to disclose what pills he'd given her daughter.

Cosby remains free on bail.

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