Cosby Accuser Andrea Constand Thanks Supporters for 'Love & Kindness'

Virginia Carter
June 20, 2017

Mike McCloskey wasn't privy to the Cosby jury's deliberations, but he did hear all of the testimony in the case against the former star of The Cosby Show.

Although McCloskey wasn't one of the 12 main jurors, as an alternate juror, he was able to listen to testimony that spanned two weeks.

McCloskey, who posted photos of his Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, juror's badge on Facebook to authenticate his claim, told WDVE radio that he was "ridiculously sick" when a mistrial was declared after the jury said it was "hopelessly deadlocked" on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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

He described the journey across the state of Pennsylvania as "the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken".

The jurors for the first trial were already hard to find and chosen from a pool in Pittsburgh rather than Philadelphia where the alleged sexual assault took place and the trial was held.

Even so, members of the media have called on the judge to release the names of the Cosby trial jurors, arguing that "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process" is in the best interest of the public. Because they fully intend to attempt to re-prosecute Cosby, prosecutors are fighting tooth and nail to keep the identities of the jurors in the first trial hidden.

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In some cases, such as terrorism or mob trials, anonymity is aimed at ensuring jurors' safety.

It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came. "I felt like we could have brought justice. It's an old case, it's a controversial case, it's a case that involves questions of consent", said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson. That never came up in her seven hours of testimony.

After the announcement, the District Attorney said prosecutors would retry the case against Cosby. The defense had hoped, if it did, to introduce evidence she had previously dated a man.

Cosby remains free on $1 million bail in the criminal case.

Prosecutors had sought to have 13 other accusers testify in Ms Constand's case, but the judge allowed only one, finding that more would unfairly prejudice the jury.

Cosby's wife, Camille, who attended just one day of the trial, issued a fierce statement on Saturday, read out by a representative. A retrial must take place within a year, but O'Neill said he wanted it to happen within 120 days.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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