Ju­ror: I’d con­vict

‘Sick’ over mis­trial in Cos case

New York Post - - NEWS - By LIA EUSTACHEWICH leustachewich@ny­post.com

One of the six al­ter­nates in Bill Cosby’s sex­ual-as­sault trial said Mon­day he was “sick” that the jury couldn’t reach a ver­dict — and that he would have voted to con­vict the em­bat­tled fun­ny­man.

Mike McCloskey, 43, was the first of the jurors — whose iden­ti­ties re­main un­der a court-or­dered seal — to break his si­lence fol­low­ing Satur­day’s mis­trial.

“I was ridicu­lously sick be­cause I de­voted two weeks of my life be­ing se­questered in Norristown, Pennsylvania, which, if you’ve never been to Norristown, it’s hor­ri­ble,” he griped on Pitts­burgh’s “DVE Morn­ing Show.” “We didn’t even get a de­ci­sion, so it made me more sick.”

McCloskey and the five other al­ter­nates were kept sep­a­rate from the 12 main jurors and did not par­take in the 52 hours of de­lib­er­a­tions.

Still, he closely weighed the ev­i­dence pre­sented against Cosby dur­ing the six-day trial in the Mont­gomery County court, con­clud­ing, “I would have prob­a­bly voted to con­vict.”

The most damn­ing ev­i­dence, he said, was tes­ti­mony from ac­cuser An­drea Con­stand’s mother, Gianna, who told jurors that Cosby called her “mom” while boast­ing he gave her then-31-year-old daugh­ter an or­gasm.

The 79-year-old comic also ad­mit­ted to Gianna that he was a “sick man” as he de­scribed their sex­ual en­counter in graphic de­tail — an ad­mis­sion McCloskey called “ridicu­lously creepy.”

McCloskey sym­pa­thized with Con­stand.

“She has to go through it all over again,” he said. “It’s re­ally sad for her be­cause lit­er­ally ... [there’s] noth­ing, re­ally, fi­nan­cially to gain out of this. She’s just look­ing for jus­tice, I be­lieve.”

“You know . . . I felt like we let An­drea down,” McCloskey later told NBC.

“I felt like we could have brought jus­tice. But un­for­tu­nately, be­ing an al­ter­nate, I didn’t have a de­ci­sion in that mat­ter.”

He de­scribed Con­stand as a “very, very hon­est per­son” and said Cosby’s celebrity sta­tus didn’t have an ef­fect on him or other jurors.

“It didn’t re­ally come up that much that we talked about him be­ing a big star or any­thing,” McCloskey said.

“I think maybe he’s passed that point where he’s not as big a star as he was to us.”

NOT IN CLEAR: Bill Cosby still faces 10 civil suits and a re­trial of his sex-as­sault case.

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