‘No stained garment, no smoking gun, nothing,’: Cosby juror explains why he wasn’t convinced by the plaintiff

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One of the jurors in Bill Cosby’s trial said that he did not find the accusation of rape convincing because the accuser had worn a bare midriff and had no “stained garment” to show.

Last December, famed comedian Bill Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in relation to allegations that he drugged and molested Canadian basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004.

On June 17, the judge in Cosby’s case declared a mistrial after the 12-person jury spent six days and more than 50 hours trying to decide whether Cosby was guilty or innocent of sexual assault. Once the case went public, more than 60 women have come forward with similar accusations of sexual assault against the comedian.

“She was well-coached,” the juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Inquirer and The Daily News. “Let’s face it: She went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts. What the heck?”

The juror then added that Cosby had already “paid dearly” with his ruined reputation and should not be made to go through another trial. That said, he still refused to say whether he wanted to find Cosby guilty or innocent.

The juror also said that, at one point, 10 out of the 12 jurors believed Cosby was guilty before three jurors changed their minds and the judge had to announce a mistrial. Throughout the deliberations, jurors had difficulty with legal terms such as “reckless” and “severely impaired,” with the juror adding that the language describing the counts of assault was “too legal.”

Even though Cosby’s defense lawyer spent just six minutes to say that the relationship was consensual, the juror still said that he found Cosby more convincing than the prosecution, which spent five days laying out extensive evidence from the police, legal experts and Constand herself. 

He said that Constand should have only seen Cosby at his home if “she was dressed properly and left the incense in the store” and was influenced to go to push forward on the trial years later by her mother.

“No stained garment, no smoking gun, nothing,” he said, adding that you could draw little from evidence from decades ago.

He further added that the accusations of 60 women who have since come forward with similar accusations had played no role in his deliberations — he thought many of them made up their claims to get attention.

“This is ridiculous, unbelievable,” he said. “I think more than half jumped on the bandwagon.”

While the courthouse said that he was proud of having done his civic duty, he does not plan on paying attention if there is a second trial.

“They should’ve left it closed,” he said.

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‘I’m right here with you’: 4-year-old comforts distraught mother in new video from Philando Castile shooting

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A newly released video shows Philando Castile’s girlfriend and her 4-year-0ld daughter sharing an emotional moment in the back of a police car moments after Castile was fatally shot.

In the video, released this week by Minnesota police, Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds can be seen crying and shouting from the backseat of the squad car. 

“It’s OK, I’m right here with you,” Reynolds’s daughter can be heard saying.

“Mom, please stop cussing and screaming ’cause I don’t want you to get shooted,” the girl says later.

The release of the video comes less than a week after officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in Castile’s death. Yanez claimed he felt he was in life-threatening danger when he shot the black motorist during a traffic stop in July 2016. 

Reynolds streamed the moments immediately after the shooting in a Facebook Live video. The shooting sparked protests around the country and renewed a debate over police violence against minorities.

At one point in the video, Reynolds asks an officer to uncuff her.

“You’re not hurt, and your daughter’s not hurt, is that correct?” the officer asks.

“We’re not hurt, but mentally we’re scarred forever,” Reynolds responds.

Watch the video below:

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