"I'm sitting in this jury box, on the side of the jury, and I wanted to get up and clap for this lady. She's just looking for justice I believe". Later that day, the Montgomery County, Pa., District Attorney's Office announced that Cosby will be facing another trial on the charges, with District Attorney Kevin Steele insisting that the plaintiff, Andrea Constand, is entitled to a verdict in the case.
"During some of the most painfully, aggravating parts of our trial, particularly jury deliberations it was he who was keeping us going", he said.
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 disgusting thing".
Some jurors in highly visible cases have endured post-trial harassment.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the court in a memorandum to not make public their names.
Cosby also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he insisted was a consensual sexual encounter at his home. And it's really sad for her because literally she's already gained money from before, so she has nothing really financially to gain out of this.
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Cosby - who is legally blind and carries a cane - then had to endure a taxing trial, the attorney said.
Now, he said, reporters want to talk to jurors about their deliberations, and what led to the jury becoming deadlocked. Because of pretrial publicity, jurors in the first trial were selected from the Pittsburgh area and bused 300 miles to suburban Philadelphia, where they were sequestered. These are the sort of ethical mirages that render criminal justice incoherent in the public imagination. Several of them attended the criminal trial with their lawyers. Both men are powerful, and, in both cases, absolute power prevailed absolutely.
Other county agencies, including courthouse security and building maintenance, also have yet to tabulate their costs associated with the Cosby trial. It is unusual and bad 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. Constand claimed Cosby placed her on a couch, touched her breasts, forced her to touch his penis and performed digital penetration all without her consent. And yet, given the favorable (if tentative) outcome that Cosby; his wife, Camille; and his legal team celebrated this past weekend, and the crowd cheering at the courthouse, it doesn't seem that any such power ever left him.
He remains free on $1 million bail.
"She has been positive in every way and continues to be and she has indicated she will continue to cooperate with us", said Steele, who was flanked by co-prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan, as well as Cheltenham and county detectives. The second time around, are they coming with an agenda?
McCloskey said he had hoped for answers on the bus ride hope. It's a familiar line that corrupts entertainers as much as it corrupts politicians, and has done so for centuries. As if 2017 isn't, if anything, the nadir of this nation's faith in its institutions.