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Cosby alternate juror: I 'probably' would have convicted him

Cosby alternate juror: I 'probably' would have convicted him

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Judge Steven O'Neill leaves the courtroom following his decision in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The woman Bill Cosby was charged with sexually assaulting is thanking supporters for an "outpouring of love and kindness" since the trial.

In the past two and a half years, the snowballing sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby have resulted in a marked decline in the public's opinion of the man once described as "Americas Dad".

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Steele said some good things came out of the trial, most significantly, that Constand was able to face Cosby in court and tell her story.

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

Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case are fighting to keep the jurors' identities a secret.

The county courts and the district attorney's office have not yet calculated how much the Cosby prosecution cost taxpayers.

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The jury deadlocked on charges that Cosby drugged and molested a woman in 2004, resulting in a mistrial for the 79-year-old TV star. Prosecutors vowed to retry him, and O'Neill said he would hear the case within four months. They say that releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial. Other media outlets, including Calkins Media, also have made similar requests to the judge.

Mike McCloskey, one of six alternate jurors chosen for the almost two-week trial, discussed his experience in an interview with Pittsburgh radio station WDVE.

"I was ridiculously sick", when he found out about the mistrial.

Asked if he knew what prevented jurors from reaching consensus on the three counts of aggravated assault Cosby faced, McCloskey said the panel members did not discuss it on the ride from the courthouse back to the hotel where they were sequestered Saturday afternoon.

Levenson believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go. But on the long bus ride home to Pittsburgh, he said, there was little talk. However, the six alternates listened to all of the testimony, in case a juror had to be excused for illness or another reason.

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