Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have convicted

Retrial of Cosby case more in favour of defence, say lawyers Bill Cosby's team attacked the judge who will likely preside over his retrial
Madeline Patrick | 20 June, 2017, 01:20

In the calls, Cosby admitted to Gianna that he penetrated her daughter with his fingers in 2004 after giving her pills that he never identified by name.

"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.

"I thought there would be a lot of chatter on the bus ride home, and nobody wanted to talk about it. I wasn't able to fight", she said in court. The comic's words advising young people to pull up their trousers and stop committing petty crimes as an antidote to persistent inequality reminded me of my parents' generation and their approach to survival in an often racist world.

Bill Cosby's defense lawyer says he is concerned about the entertainer's health following what he described as an "unfair" aggravated indecent assault trial that ended in a mistrial Saturday. "It cost an bad lot of taxpayer money to bring that case to trial and there's no saying that this next trial could end up as a hung jury again or an acquittal".

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". Several of the women who had accused him of rape were in attendance at his trial.

The case involving Constand followed a long path to prosecution.

He said the jurors were completely mum on what caused the mistrial on the bus ride back to the hotel near the Norristown courthouse.

Jurors deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't agree on whether the Cosby Show star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

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By the time a mistrial was declared Saturday, the exhausted jurors had spent more than 50 hours in deliberations. These are the sort of ethical mirages that render criminal justice incoherent in the public imagination.

"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. Yanez and Cosby are unrelated in the eyes of the law, and yet they are contemporaneously linked in public perception of the USA criminal justice system's surreal uselessness. Both men saw allegations of sexual harassment and lawsuit settlements rise from the past and smash their current careers.

Kevin R. Steele, the district attorney for Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, has said he will seek a new trial against Bill Cosby. It is odd and terrible to consider how a crowd of human adults might go so far as to conflate an accused serial rapist's guilt or innocence with his Q score. A judge recently denied Cosby's motion to dismiss the case, and a trial has been scheduled for June 2018.

Cosby acknowledged that he had cheated on his wife with Constand, but he said that their relationship was consensual. Mr. McMonagle for his passionate and powerful articulations of truth; Ms. Agrusa for her thorough research to bolster counsel McMonagle; to Mr. Andrew Wyatt for his unequivocal skills in public relations; to our team, who worked diligently and intelligently; to our staffs for their continuous commitment to our family and me. "I'm the №1 star in the world".

I don't think they ever expected white America could be fair enough to elect a black man like Barack Obama president. "That's the way it's been in this business".

Mike McCloskey appears to be the first member of the sequestered 12-person jury or the panel of six alternates to speak publicly about the case. As if 2017 isn't, if anything, the nadir of this nation's faith in its institutions.

Cosby's wife, Camille, released a statement blasting the judge and prosecutors.

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