Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

by Dwayne Torres June 28, 2017, 1:51
Cosby trial accuser thanks supporters for love, kindness

The mistrial declared Saturday morning set the scene for a courtroom rematch between Andrea Constand, a former women's professional basketball player, and Bill Cosby, the comic legend who she says drugged and sexually assaulted her.

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.

Andrew Wyatt, Cosby's longtime spokesman, appeared to fan the flames as well when he added: "Mr. Cosby's power is back".

Before going on trial, Cosby expressed hope he could eventually resume his career.

McCloskey, who said he did not want to be selected because he feared jury service would prevent him from watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games, said he and other alternates were segregated from the rest of the jury during deliberations.

Lawyers for several media outlets argued at a hearing Tuesday that jurors' names should nearly always be public to ensure transparency in the judicial process.

As one of the jurors in the first trial said during jury selection in this case so bereft of physical evidence, the saga boils down to a matter of "he said, she said". "We are entitled to them". Cosby's defense team rested its case last Monday - after calling a single witness, the police detective Sergeant Richard Schaffer, who spoke for only six minutes; so began the jury's deliberations.

Around 60 women have publicly accused the Emmy-winning actor in recent years of being a serial sexual predator, alleging that he drugged and assaulted them over a span of 40 years across the United States.

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"When we were selecting a jury, we were very adamant about their privacy", the judge said at the hourlong hearing.

Celebrities criticized the result of the case on social media.

"I remind everyone this is not vindication or victory".

Judge Steven O'Neill plans to start the second trial within four months. Television satellite trucks clotted the street in front of the pre-Civil War stone courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, where Cosby's trial was held. He did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press on Monday.

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It would be reasonable, based on the evidence presented, for the jurors to agree that Cosby is a sexual predator and still disagree on a verdict as to the assault of Constand.

Mike McCloskey told WDVE-radio 102.5 FM that he and other alternates were kept separate from other jurors during deliberations in eastern Pennsylvania which ended in a deadlock. 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. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and they headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.


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