Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have voted to convict

Posted June 20, 2017

The Jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before informing Judge O'Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Today, as Cosby, once "America's Dad", walks in and out of the courtroom - sometimes bizarrely bellowing, "Hey, Hey, Hey!", his Fat Albert catchphrase, to the few fans left clustered outside - it's clear that social norms around sexual assault are turning, whether some like it or not.

The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system". But prosecutors announced they will conduct a new trial, and already the sheer volume of similar-sounding accusations has cost Cosby dearly in the court of public opinion.

And earlier this month, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould sweeping legislation to codify landmark sexual assault court decisions, just in case some judges needed reminding of the relevant case law (the bill would also extend rape shield laws to include sexual texts, e-mails and videos). According to the prosecution, if the jurors names are made public, they will be subjected to a "publicity onslaught" and picking a second jury will become well nigh impossible.

He said of the six alternate jurors: "I would say we would have voted to convict".

Cosby's wife, Camille, released a statement blasting the judge and prosecutors.

Prominent Lansdale attorney, Marc Steinberg. says due to the length of the trial and deliberations, the Spencer charge was set in play by Judge O'Neill.

"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 Troiani, whose client is on board for a retrial. "I'm sitting in this jury box, on the side of the jury, and I wanted to get up and clap for this lady". "It was complete silence".

"It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken, so I really don't know", he said.

McCloskey said he was particularly impressed with Gianna's turn on the witness stand during the trial.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An alternate juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case said Monday he "probably" would have voted to convict and was "ridiculously sick" when he found out the main jury couldn't reach a verdict. 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.

Referring to the prosecutors, she says, "I believe that the Commonwealth had to state [the intention of a retrial] when they stated it".

Constand is ready to go to trial again, said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

"The lady would have blown you away", McCloskey told the WDVE hosts. She testified that Cosby gave her three blue pills, and that she lost consciousness after ingesting them.

"I devoted two weeks of my life to being sequestered in Norristown, Pa. - and if you've ever been to Norristown, it's disgusting", he said.

"Which instructs the jury to keep looking at the evidence and keep working hard and not to surrender their own beliefs and listen to each other".

Though they were allowed access to televisions and the internet, they were instructed not to look up any outside accounts about the case and were polled each morning by the judge to ensure they hadn't been accidentally exposed to any such information.