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Hearing scheduled on release of Cosby jury names

Judge Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sexual Assault Case Hearing scheduled on release of Cosby jury names
Alfredo Watts | 20 June, 2017, 03:01

The only public legal ramifications have been a 2006 civil settlement with Constand (for an undisclosed monetary amount that the court barred from discussion in the criminal trial, and which Cosby sought to reclaim from Constand last year).

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this frightful thing".

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

"Jury deliberations were 52 hours, so we're all trying to mend and heal and we'll make some important decisions in the days to come", McMonagle said.

"We commend those prosecutors who raised awareness that one of the hallmarks of drug-related sexual assaults is the effect the drug has on the victim's memory and ability to recall and were nonetheless willing to present this evidence to the jury", she said in a statement that her attorneys released to U.S. media.

Cosby, 79, had maintained his innocence even rejecting a friendly plea deal offered by prosecutors just before the trial started in early June.

Jurors were selected in Pittsburgh because of concerns about the jury pool in Montgomery County, Pa., being tainted by intense pre-trial publicity. Cosby says it was consensual.

Steele, the lead prosecutor, tends to be cautious in his public statements.

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, remained calm but appeared exhausted as the mistrial was declared. A trial date may be set later this month for the sexual battery case.

Steele, who is a career prosecutor, will have insights in the retrial that he did not have in the first trial: He and his key witnesses have now gotten a detailed view of the defense team's strategy and its methods of handling cross-examinations. "They want the element of surprise".

"If you were to have seen Andrea Constand's mom on the stand, she would have blown you away", McCoskey told the WDVE hosts.

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

Constand, 44, of Ontario, Canada, testified over two days that after taking the blue pills she began slurring her words and became "frozen" or paralyzed and was unable to fight off Cosby's sexual advances.

McCloskey shared a picture of what appeared to be his juror tag in a recently deleted Facebook post. Judge O'Neill instructed them to keep working toward a unanimous decision.

Some of the offstage participants also have played a role in shaping public perceptions of the case since the mistrial was declared.

Asked what evidence he found most compelling, McCloskey pointed to Cosby's phone conversations with Constand's mom, Gianna Constand. She accused Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who oversaw the case, of "arrogantly" siding with the prosecution.

Little testimony about other accusations against Cosby was allowed in the Pennsylvania trial because of the strict standards for admitting evidence in criminal cases. "He's blind, he's about 80 years old and my heart really broke for him that day".

Describing the call as "ridiculously creepy", McCloskey said Cosby "called himself a dirty old man to her, the mom".