Montgomery commissioner says county would pay for Cosby retrial

Ivan Schwartz
June 26, 2017

Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanim.

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The judge sought to comfort the jurors, at least one of whom fought back tears, calling their epic deliberation "one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I've seen in the justice system".

"The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defense expects you to do it the same way", said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani.

Jurors returned home to Pittsburgh via charter bus around 6 p.m. Saturday.

It wasn't immediately known how many jurors wanted to convict and how many wanted to acquit.

Prosecutors in the sexual assault case against Mr. Cosby say they will pursue the proper legal steps towards retrying him.

Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors' identities, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions.

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"Too often these types of crimes, sexual assaults, do not get reported, especially cases where a drug has been used in a drug-facilitated sexual assault", Steele said. The judge declined to do so while the trial was going on, but indicated he would consider releasing the names after the trial.

The county courts and the district attorney's office have not yet calculated how much the Cosby prosecution cost taxpayers. They say that releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial. The juror's names haven't been made public and the split on the vote hasn't been disclosed, shrouding the case in mystery.

Judge O'Neill said he hopes to set a date for the retrial within the next 120 days while Cosby remains free on $100,000 cash bail. As Fox News reports, jury alternate Mike McCloskey told the local media that he felt "ridiculously sick" about the lack of verdict in the case.

The jury that said it was "hopelessly deadlocked" on Saturday was selected in Pittsburgh, then bused to suburban Philadelphia and sequestered during 11 days of testimony and deliberations.

"This was basically just practicing to get the ball in the basket", Allison says she told Constand, a former star high school, college and Italian professional league basketball player. They spent the duration of the trial sequestered after being chosen from Allegheny County, almost 300 miles away.

McCloskey is the first of the jurors to speak out about the trial.

McCloskey and the five other alternates did not participate in the 52 hours of deliberations that eventually left the 12-person jury hung and were kept separate from the panel.

The names of the jurors who failed to reach a verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have not been made public, but the judge could revisit the issue as early as Monday. Cosby faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

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