Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Cosby alternate juror likely would've convicted

The Bill Cosby sexual assault trial which captivated the attention of America for over a year came to a disappointing and anticlimactic end on Saturday.

Although prosecutors were disappointed that the jury was not able to come to a unanimous verdict they said they appreciated the sacrifices the jurors made.

Judge Steven O'Neill leaves the courtroom following his decision in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele has said he will retry the case. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a. O'Neill has so far resisted requests by the media to release the names of the jurors.

Prior to releasing the jurors, O'Neill strongly recommended that they keep the details of their deliberations secret.

The judge will consider whether to release the jurors' names at a hearing on Tuesday.

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Bill Cosby listens to his wife Camille's statement being read aloud by Ebonee M. Benson outside the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. "We came here looking for an acquittal but like that Rolling Stones song says, 'You don't always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need", McMonagle said as he stood under the portico of the courthouse with Cosby. "Bill Cosby's rape case", said Armour, who teaches at the University of South California.

Cosby's camp has said he turned down a plea deal that would have spared him jail time, but District Attorney Kevin Steele's spokeswoman, Kate Delano, said Monday: "We never offered him a plea deal".

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.

An alternate juror on Bill Cosby's drugging and sexual assault trial is giving a bit of insight into the drama that was going on behind closed doors.

He told Pittsburgh radio station WDVE that jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial, maintaining "complete silence".

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McCoskey said he was "ridiculously sick" when he found out the jury was deadlocked. McCloskey said the bus ride back to Pittsburgh was the craziest, eeriest bus ride he's ever taken as jurors sat silent in their seats.

McCloskey and the five other alternates did not participate in the 52 hours of deliberations that eventually left the 12-person jury hung and were kept separate from the panel.

The names of the jurors who failed to reach a verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have not been made public, but the judge could revisit the issue as early as Monday.

Several news operations are challenging a protective order that shields the jurors' identities.

Judge Steven O'Neill plans to start the second trial within four months.

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