The most compelling piece of evidence for him, he told the radio station, was a phone conversation secretly recorded by the mother of Cosby's central accuser, Andrea Constand, in 2005 and played for jurors in court. Authorities reopened her complaint in 2015 after learning Cosby had testified in her lawsuit to giving various women wine, pills or even quaaludes before sex. Cosby, 79, said the encounter was consensual.
However, McCloskey posted a photo of what appears to be his juror badge from Montgomery County on Saturday with the message: "For all the doubters out there ... there is the tag I wore every day in court". "I wanted it to stop".
His lawyers were triumphant, his long-silent wife savaged the prosecutors, and his publicist claimed that Bill Cosby's reputation was now "restored" after a jury failed to reach a verdict on whether he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004. Even if the host only took the few minutes he used to discuss the Cosby trial on Sunday to instead address it from a more reflective angle, I believe it would have constituted a better use of his platform than his use of it to focus on the unusual nature of Cosby's behavior.
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.
Jurors were selected in Allegheny County because Cosby's attorneys argued that pretrial publicity would make it hard to find impartial jury candidates in Montgomery County, where Cosby lives. She believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go. He did, however, advise them that speaking publicly about the case could cause problems in the case of a new trial, which prosecutors have vowed is coming. The discovery in those cases is underway, but his deposition testimony will remain on hold until the retrial in the criminal case. For Constand, the worst-case scenario is that she has spent a decade braving legal scrutiny as a victim for nothing. Because they fully intend to attempt to re-prosecute Cosby, prosecutors are fighting tooth and nail to keep the identities of the jurors in the first trial hidden.
"It can never be clearer that if you speak up, you could be chilling the justice system in the future if jurors are needed in this case". But prosecutors announced they will conduct a new trial, and already the sheer volume of similar-sounding accusations has cost Cosby dearly in the court of public opinion. Both men are powerful, and, in both cases, absolute power prevailed absolutely.
Bill Cosby's lawyer is speaking out following Saturday's mistrial.