Juror: 2 holdouts blocked conviction in Bill Cosby trial
- Author: Marlene Weaver Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 8:17
Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (2nd L) stands as his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, addresses the media after a judge declared a mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 17, 2017.
He advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn't need to discuss the case.
Thus far, only a single alternate juror, one of six who heard the evidence but did not participate in deliberations, has spoken out, telling a Pittsburgh radio station he would have voted to convict Cosby.
The jurors who hopelessly deadlocked at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial are about to lose their anonymity.
The ruling said the names would be released after court officials contacted each of the jurors and notified them of the judge's conditions.
The document states that a disclosure of anything said or done during deliberations "would have a chilling effect upon future jurors in this case and their ability to deliberate freely".
Steele argued against releasing the names, and Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle wrote in a letter to O'Neill that making juror names public "could prevent Mr. Cosby from getting a fair trial in the future". Rape is easier for juries to believe when assaults are committed by a stranger who jumps out of some bushes with a gun or knife, not with "three blue pills", as Constand testified Cosby gave her one night in 2004.
A Montgomery County judge ruled Wednesday that the names of jurors from Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial must be released. Prosecutors plan to try Cosby again on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004 at his home in suburban Philadelphia. "They played a critical role in this case", said Eli Segal, an attorney representing some of the media outlets. "In this case", he added, "there is a substantial probability that the rights of the parties to a fair trial will be prejudiced by the release of the names of the jurors from the recent mistrial". "Jurors shall not disclose arguments or comments made, or votes cast, by fellow jurors during deliberations" - which means the media will learn nothing if they track them down in their Pittsburgh-area homes.
In a tweet, Andrea Constand expressed gratitude for her supporters.
"When we were selecting a jury, we were very adamant about their privacy", the judge said at the hourlong hearing. Media organizations including The Associated Press urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process". They are interested in finding out how close the jury came to reaching a verdict.
Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial on Saturday after the jury deadlocked.
The final, intractable votes on the first of the three counts was 10 to two to find Cosby guilty of digitally penetrating accuser Andrea Constand without her consent, the juror said.