Test case

Alternate juror on Cosby sexual assault trial speaks out, says he was leaning to convict

Andrew Wyatt, spokesperson for Bill Cosby speaks to media as they exit the courthouse after a mistrial on the sixth day of jury deliberations of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 17, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

None of the 12 jurors who were hopelessly deadlocked trying to reach a verdict in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial have broken their silence yet in the wake of the startling outcome. But, in what is a case of the next best thing, one of the alternate jurors on the case has spoken out in an interview with NBC News and gives some insight into how the jurors may have been wrestling with the case. He was also quite firm about where he stood.

Mike McCloskey, a school cafeteria director, sat through all of the court testimony but was sent to a separate holding room along with his five fellow alternates when the jury began deliberations because all 12 jurors made it through the trial. McCloskey told NBC News that he would’ve voted to convict the 79-year-old disgraced comedy legend, but that he wasn’t surprised the jury ended up hung. “I would’ve convicted him on all three charges,” he said. Cosby faced three charges of indecent sexual assault stemming from accusations made by Andrea Constand after a 2004 incident at Cosby’s Philadelphia-area home. During an appearance on a local Pittsburgh radio show, McCloskey made similar remarks, but didn’t sound as certain about how he was leaning. “I would probably have convicted,” he told the morning hosts on WDVE, according to The Washington Post.

McCloskey also talked with NBC News about the dynamics of jurors and his fellow alternates. “We had a hard time deciding where to go for dinner,” he said. “We had so many personalities in the room.”

On Saturday, the judge presiding over the case declared a mistrial when jurors informed him that they were unable to reach a verdict after deliberating for 52 hours over the course of six days. Though the trial was held in suburban Philadelphia, jurors were selected from the opposite side of the state. McCloskey said the five-hour bus ride home turned up no clues about how the jurors leaning. “The bus ride home was very somber, very quiet,” he said. “It was very eerie, and nobody talked about anything. It was one of the eeriest bus rides I’ve been on.”

Though he wasn’t able to glean any info from jurors, McClosky opened up about a wide range of issues related to the trial, including the degree to which Cosby’s celebrity figured into the trial, Cosby’s explosive deposition and what he thought of Constand, Cosby’s accuser in the case.

Read the full story  and watch the full interview at NBC News.


Lawyer says Bill Cosby sex assault trial was unfair — to Bill Cosby

Camille Cosby escorts husband into court, defense team rests case after just 6 minutes

Bill Cosby arrives at court for 1st day of sexual assault trial with TV daughter by his side

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *