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Cosby alternate juror: I ‘probably’ would have convicted him

By sowing doubt among one or more jurors, Cosby’s lawyers managed to overcome two years of unrelenting bad publicity for their client after the public release of his damaging testimony about drugs and sex, as well as a barrage of accusations from 60 women who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor once known as “America’s Dad” for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, avoided a conviction on Father’s Day weekend as a jury declared itself hopelessly deadlocked on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago. Andrea Constand of Toronto has claimed that, during a visit to his home in 2004, Cosby gave her pills which incapacitated her.Brian McMonagle, one of Cosby’s lawyers, addressed the jury, “We came here looking for an acquittal but like that Rolling Stones song says, ‘You can’t always get what you want”.Yet the fundamental potential flaw in the case will remain: Constand’s inconsistent statements to police about matters such as the date and circumstances of the alleged assault, which she says took place in 2004 at Cosby’s gated estate in tony Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.As an alternate, he heard all the testimony but didn’t participate in deliberations.The court sequestered the jury, drawn from Allegheny County, and many jurors were obscured from the view of many in the courtroom by a large smartboard used for displaying evidence.”Thank you for the outpouring of love & kindness & support”.Media organizations including The Associated Press are seeking the jurors’ identities.Prosecutors, who intend to retry Cosby, filed a motion on Monday urging O’Neill to refrain from identifying the jurors, arguing that widespread coverage of their deliberations could influence jurors for the retrial. But Camille Cosby’s criticism of him was puzzling because he issued an all-important pretrial ruling that seemed to help the defence and dealt a crushing blow to prosecutors. The Constand case is the only one that fell within the statutes of limitations, and Philadelphia District Attorney Kevin Steele was voracious in fighting to take down Cosby.Mike McCloskey told a Pittsburgh radio station that he had served as an alternate and would have voted to convict Cosby. And Steele on Sunday denied a media report that Cosby had ever been offered a plea deal. They say that releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial.He advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn’t need to discuss the case. A hearing on whether to release juror’s names will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Norristown.”She has to go through it all over again”. McCloskey said he was particularly impressed by the testimony of Gianna Constand, the mother of Cosby’s main accuser, Andrea Constand. Speaking in a calm and unemotional tone, Veronique Valliere, a psychologist, testified that sexual assault victims are frequently so traumatized that they can be confused about details.