Juror In Cosby Trial Tells All About Violent Deliberations & What Really Happened
During Bill Cosby’s recent sexual assault trial- in which former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, accused him of sexually molesting her- the twelve jurors were so stressed and frustrated with each other that they were this close to coming to blows, according to one unnamed juror.
ABCNews interviewed one of the twelve Cosby jurors on condition of anonymity and what he/she revealed about the behind scenes action of the case, is like a page torn straight out of a suspense TV drama.
Deliberations in Cosby’s case initially were wrapped after deliberating for 22 hours. But the judge sent them back in to try again, and after another 30 hours, they gave up because according to the juror, it was very evident they would not reach a unanimous decision. Check out what the juror revealed below…
The Odd First Vote
The biggest shocker is that- according to the juror- damn near ALL of the jurors originally voted unanimously that they believed Cosby was innocent (11 out of 12 of them to be exact). But somewhere along the way, things changed (not sure why). That, according to ABC News’ chief legal affairs news anchor, Dan Abrams, is something that you almost never see with high profiled cases…
Via ABC News: The jurors initially voted overwhelmingly, in a non-binding poll, to find the entertainer not guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, the juror told ABC News on Monday.
The final, intractable votes on the first of the three counts was 10 to two to find Cosby guilty of digitally penetrating [fingering…but not penile penetration] accuser Andrea Constand without her consent, the juror said. On the second count, that she was unconscious or unaware during the incident, the juror said the vote was 11 to one to acquit. On the third count, that the alleged assault occurred after Cosby gave Constand drugs or intoxicants without her knowledge, substantially impairing her for the purpose of preventing her resistance, the jury was deadlocked at 10 to two, in favor of a guilty verdict, according to the juror.
On counts one and three, the two holdouts against finding Cosby guilty were “not moving, no matter what,” said the juror, who agreed to speak to ABC News only on the condition of anonymity.
Cosby (79) was facing up to ten years in the pen’ for three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault after Constand said he’d drugged, then sexually molested her. Cosby said he did nothing of the sort and that he’d simply given her a couple Benadryl tablets after she complained about a headache. He also is adamant that the sexual contact was consensual.
The Brawl That Almost Happened In Deliberation Room
The juror then explained how the tension was so intense among the jurors, due to their inability to reach a unanimous decision and the small cramped room they were in, that one dude punched the cement wall during a heated discussion (via ABCNews):
On the guy who punched the wall: “I think he broke his pinky knuckle,” the juror said.
On the tension: “People couldn’t even pace” in the smaller room, the juror said. “They were just literally walking in circles where they were standing because they were losing their minds. People would just start crying out of nowhere, we wouldn’t even be talking about [the case] — and people would just start crying. […] If we kept going, there was definitely going to be a fight. They had five sheriff’s deputies at the door and they could hear us and they kept coming in because they thought we were already fighting.”
Juror Gives Opinion On Case
Although the juror declined to state which jurors were the final two holdouts, he/she did give their take on the Cosby vs. Andrea Constand case, stating that “she [Constand] did take them [the pills], and he didn’t force them on her.” The juror also said they don’t believe Cosby premeditated the whole encounter: “I think that he gave [the pills] to her, and then later when he saw what was up, maybe he figured, ‘Maybe I’ll do something.’”
At this time, the prosecuting attorney has vowed to take Cosby to court again. Mrs. Cosby has also taken a moment to slam the prosecuting attorney and the Pennsylvania district attorney- both of whom she says are “heinous” and have conspired against her husband from the jump with “lies.” Thoughts ILOSM fam?’