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

Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

The jurors, they used their power to speak.

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.

It is also unknown how close the jury may have come to reaching a unanimous decision in the Bill Cosby case. After months of preparation and over a week of testimony, the Bill Cosby trial ended in a mistrial.

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A man who says he was one of six alternate jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial told a Pittsburgh radio station Monday he would have voted to convict the 79-year-old entertainer whose case ended in a mistrial last week. 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.

While Bill Cosby celebrated Saturday's mistrial in the sexual assault trial involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, prosecutors are not ready to let the matter drop and have vowed a second trial.

When asked why he thought the jury was unable to come to a unanimous verdict in this case, former Philadelphia prosecutor Kevin Harden Junior said that the jurors probably had doubts regarding Constand's credibility and cited the fact that only one of Cosby's other accusers had been allowed to testify: "By limiting evidence of other accusers, the Court focused the jury on whether the prosecution presented enough credible evidence to convict Cosby of this particular assault".

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"It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken", said McCloskey, 43. The names of the jurors have not been released.

The judge will consider whether to release the jurors' names at a hearing on Tuesday. The timeline of the alleged assaults stretches back decades, and of all of Cosby's dozens of accusers, only Andrea Constand's accusations have resulted in criminal charges against the aging comic. The prosecution believes if the names of jurors are released and subject to mass media inquiries, it could make it more hard when the next jury is picked. Many other women have claimed that Cosby assaulted them as well, with specifics ranging from inappropriate touching to rape, but the statute of limitations for many of these complaints has expired, meaning that the crime happened too long ago for the government to legally prosecute Cosby. 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.

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