It’s got to be hard to serve on a jury, especially for a huge case like Bill Cosby’s. No matter what, you’re going to have second guesses since you will have determined the fate of more than one person’s life.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that, after being declared a mistrial, a member of the jury has come forward to say he has regrets about his decision.
After admitting that he “was a fan” prior to the six-day sexual assault trial, 21-year-old Bobby Dugan says that “people’s opinions and hearing their arguments” has left him feeling uneasy.
What, exactly, is so haunting? According to Dugan, an excerpt from the 2005 civil trial between Cosby and alleged victim, Andrea Constand, was troublesome. He explains, “When they were asking him if he would use the word consent, he said, ‘I wouldn’t use that word. I was like, ‘You pretty much said it there yourself, man.’”
“Somebody brought it up inside the room the deliberation room and so when we went back out to hear it just like lit up a light bulb in my head,” Dugan recalled. “It was all he said, she said, and what it really comes down to is who are you going to believe more and that was all it was.”
Really, that can be said for basically every single jury trial that ever existed. Along with stating the obvious, Dugan explained that the deliberations were rough and that “the most intense moment, I think, was when there was about four people crying in the room. One was out in the hallway pacing, visibly upset.”
An anonymous juror echoed these sentiments and painted the following picture: “people couldn’t even pace. 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.”
In an anonymous statement to CNN, a juror explained, “We had no real new evidence. There was no soiled clothing, no smoking gun, no new evidence.”
No word on whether this case will officially be tried again but, if it is, it would be interesting to see if it has the same outcome.