Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have voted to convict

Tina Ray
June 20, 2017

Bill Cosby's sexual assault case ended in a mistrial on Saturday, June 17, after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault with which the actor had been charged.

But it was his reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him. A conviction could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

The panel suspended its deliberations late Friday, and would resume its work again on Saturday. However, the six alternates listened to all of the testimony, in case a juror had to be excused for illness or another reason.

"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court", said her lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

"When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?"

Though he never took the stand during the trial, excerpts from his 2005 to 2006 depositions in a civil suit by his accuser, Andrea Constand, were read aloud. McCloskey said he was particularly impressed to testimony of Gianna Constand, the mother of Cosby's main accuser, Andrea Constand. Prosecutors suggested he drugged her with something stronger.

Cosby's lawyer said he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy. On Saturday morning, all jurors agreed that there was "hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved on further deliberations", BuzzFeed News reported.

But the jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on day four they were at an impasse.

A judge will hear arguments on whether the names of the jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial should be made public.

He said the jurors were completely mum on what caused the mistrial on the bus ride back to the hotel near the Norristown courthouse. Judge Steven O'Neill granted the request to choose the jury in Allegheny County and would have to agree to do so again, Stanley said.

"Anything can happen because it's a new set of jurors", Levenson said. "And that's created this doubt".

"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. O'Neill told them to continue deliberations in the hopes of breaking their impasse.

Prosecutors say they intend to retry Cosby, 79, within the coming months.

It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit. Cosby's defense team rested its case last Monday - after calling a single witness, the police detective Sergeant Richard Schaffer, who spoke for only six minutes; so began the jury's deliberations.

-Rodney Smolla, dean at Widener University Delaware Law School, told Reuters about civil cases brought against Cosby by accusers in which the statute of limitations has lapsed.

Media organizations including The Associated Press urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process".

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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