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Cosby alternate juror 'probably' would have convicted


After the judge declared a mistrial, prosecutors announced they would retry the case. The retrial is expected to bear many similarities to the first trial, but there might be key differences that could affect the outcome.

On Saturday morning, Bill Cosby's ongoing trial came to an end with the jury deadlocked on a decision.

Kevin R. Steele, the district attorney for Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, has said he will seek a new trial against Bill Cosby. McAndrews suggested that a jury pool could be drawn from the Harrisburg area of Dauphin County, or from the Scranton area of Lackawanna County. That testimony had been read to the jury earlier in the trial.

Outside the Pennsylvania courthouse where the Cosby trial raged on, the comedian's supporters rallied each day to trumpet his innocence. Granular details of the evidence were splayed across newspaper front pages and websites, parsed on radio talk shows and pored over in dueling spin contests.

"I'm innocent. I'm not going to plea to something I did not do", Cosby said, during an exclusive interview with the NNPA Newswire.

Steele, the lead prosecutor, tends to be cautious in his public statements. A retrial must take place within a year, but O'Neill said he wanted it to happen within 120 days. He told a room full of reporters that the last time he retried a case after a mistrial - in 1992 - he won a conviction.

He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody".

The prosecution is also under more pressure than the defense in terms of expending public resources, he added. And they want a public reckoning.

But the reputation of Cosby, known as America's Dad for his role on the television series, The Cosby Show, remains in tatters after a slew of sexual assault allegations from about 60 women.

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The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. He pledged the three counts of aggravated indecent assault would stand and praised Constand's "courage".

Cosby's accuser Andrea Constant leaves the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Alternates listen to all the testimony in a trial, but do not participate in deliberations. "We're only here because of those unproven accusations and I believe and I know in my heart that the judge will not reverse his decision, will give us a fair trial as he just did".

Cosby's wife, Camille, released a statement blasting the judge and prosecutors. She accused Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who oversaw the case, of "arrogantly" siding with the prosecution.

Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't break their deadlock.

Much has been said and written about the sex scandal that has torpedoed Bill Cosby's legacy - so much so that it can be hard to recall how he reached the point of facing trial on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. Afterward the women, who have bonded in the past 2 1/2 years since the scandal broke and grew even closer during the trial, were upbeat.

The case stemmed from an alleged 2004 encounter in which, Constand said, Cosby drugged and assaulted while her she was an employee at Temple University, his alma mater.

"We're talking about all the man's tomorrows", said McMonagle, urging acquittal of an icon in the twilight of life.

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