Alternate juror on Bill Cosby trial 'probably' would have voted to convict


The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

In December 2015 - five months after 35 other women offered similar accounts of sexual assault at the hands of Bill Cosby in a NY cover story - Montgomery County prosecutors charged him with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The search for jurors without any feelings on the case will only be more hard given the intense coverage of the first trial.

McMonagle had sought a mistrial seven times during the deliberation phase, arguing jurors were asking to review the entire trial.

Immediately following the court's declaration of a mistrial, District Attorney Kevin Steele announced that he would retry the case.

Bill Cosby, remember, had never been guilty of any sex assaults in the past.

O'Neill may have concern that naming them publicly could lead to another spate of stories on what led to the jury room logjam, further affecting potential jurors' thoughts on the case.

"I would say [the alternates] would have voted to convict, but that's exclusively based on what I think, because literally when we're sitting in this room as the six alternates, we weren't allowed to talk about the trial", McCloskey told the station.

In the courtroom in Norristown, Pa., the jurors saw the witnesses up close and heard every word of testimony.

In a response to Steele's motion, Eli Segal of Pepper Hamilton LLP, who is representing the media organizations, said prosecutors and defense lawyers are more likely to affect the retrial than any news account.

Mike McCloskey told WDVE-radio 102.5 FM that he and other alternates were kept separate from other jurors during deliberations in eastern Pennsylvania which ended in a deadlock.

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"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 answered him in French, letting him know that one of the people he wanted to speak with had died, one had left town years ago, and the last one, Coach Gavin White Senior, had retired from Temple.

"It was complete silence", he said. I can do what I want, take what I want.

Given the judge's sealing order, McCloskey's status as an alternate could not be independently verified.

But within hours of the jurors' release, he had posted on his Facebook page that he had been an alternate on the Cosby trial, along with a photo of the Montgomery County juror badge he wore each day and the message "For all the doubters out there". Rape is easier for juries to believe when assaults are committed by a stranger who jumps out of some bushes with a gun or knife, not with "three blue pills", as Constand testified Cosby gave her one night in 2004.

"It was kind of a shock to me when I was selected", McCloskey said. "I feel bad for all of you, I really do".

He described a phone conversation secretly recorded by Constand's mother in 2005 as the most compelling piece of evidence he heard throughout the trial.

David Harris, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law who specialises in criminal justice, said the hung jury did not mean that a civil jury would clear Mr Cosby of liability.

"If you could have seen Andrea Constand's mom on the stand, the lady would have blown you away". "(Cosby) called himself a "dirty old man" to her".

"I devoted two weeks of my life sequestered in Norristown, PA, which, if you've ever been to Norristown, it's terrible". Judge O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision.