Alternate Juror In Bill Cosby Trial 'Probably' Would Have Voted Guilty


For Cosby, then, the worst-case scenario in a second round of this criminal trial is that he spends a late decade in prison.

"The commonwealth's and the defense's extensive public comments about the case - including about evidence that the jury never heard - before, during, and after the trial will have a far greater impact on that process than would the comments of a few jurors", he wrote. Prosecutors immediately announced plans to retry the case.

Already, prosecutors are trying to stop juror names from going public.

"What I would say to all of Mr. Cosby's fans and some of the folks on the other side of this, we have a wonderful criminal-justice system in this country", McMonagle told Good Morning America.

If prosecutors do stand by their vow to try Bill Cosby a second time, it is possible that they will try to persuade the judge to allow more accusers to take the stand (only one, in addition to Andrea Constand, was allowed during the first trial).

Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors' identities, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions.

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The jury deadlocked on charges that Cosby drugged and molested a woman in 2004, resulting in a mistrial for the 79-year-old TV star. Typically, prosecutors have that long to decide whether to retry someone in Pennsylvania.

More important for future victims is to remove the cultural and legal obstacles - from celebrity worship to court secrecy - that still make it too hard for women to get justice after they've been sexually assaulted. Every day different media outlets were talking to some of the women, as well as to me and other assault advocates.

An alternate juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case says he "probably" would have voted to convict.

"My body was in a state of clench for the entire week", the 54-year-old attorney tells The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview about the trial and the week of juror deliberations. As Fox News reports, jury alternate Mike McCloskey told the local media that he felt "ridiculously sick" about the lack of verdict in the case.

"Once the risk to the integrity of the trial has dissipated, there is no legitimate reason for maintaining the anonymity of the jurors", she said. Cosby claims their contact was consensual and that the pills he gave her were ordinary Benadryl, though he has admitted on-record that he gave women quaaludes for sex in the 1970s.

Jurors were selected in Pittsburgh because of concerns about the jury pool in Montgomery County being tainted by intense pre-trial publicity.

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

McCloskey heard all of the testimony and saw all of the evidence presented to the jury, but was not involved in the deliberations.

McMonagle went on to defend Camille Cosby, the comic's wife of 53 years, after she slammed Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele as "heinously and exploitatively ambitious" and Steven O'Neill, the judge who oversaw the trial, as "overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the District Attorney".

He advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn't need to discuss the case. Cosby was accused of three charges of aggravated indecent assault, these being assaulting Constand without her consent; whilst she was unconscious; and after using drugs to impair her ability to give consent.

Cosby remains on $1 million bail over the three felony charges.

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