Prosecutors, who intend to retry Cosby, filed a motion on Monday urging O'Neill to refrain from identifying the jurors, arguing that widespread coverage of their deliberations could influence jurors for the retrial. That's when Judge Steven O'Neill, who presided over the heated trial, announced that the jurors (seven men and five women) had been unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
The judge in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial will review whether to release the names of the jurors. "None of them have ever been cross-examined, and the one time that is has happened, fair-minded people couldn't come to a conclusion". Constand accused Cosby of sexually assaulting and drugging her at his home in Philadelphia in 2004.
He also said that he felt particularly bad for Cosby's accuser Andrea Constand.
While the case ended in a mistrial, district attorney Kevin Steele says that they plan on retrying Cosby with the exact same charges and hope to move the case forward quickly.
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Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors' names, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions.
But O'Neill gave them a special instruction required by law and sent them back to deliberate to see if they could settle their differences and reach a verdict. It's unclear how many jurors voted for conviction and how many wanted an acquittal. "If the press saturates the nationwide media market with stories about jury deliberations, including juror opinions about the evidence, it may make the parties' ability to select a fair and impartial jury more hard", Steele argued. However, his reputation had been tarnished over the years as nearly 60 women have come forward and accused him of sexual assault. Typically, prosecutors have that long to decide whether to retry someone in Pennsylvania.
Constand is on board for the retrial. But Camille Cosby's criticism of him was puzzling because he issued an all-important pretrial ruling that seemed to help the defence and dealt a crushing blow to prosecutors.
Mike McCloskey, one of six alternate jurors chosen for the almost two-week trial, discussed his experience in an interview with Pittsburgh radio station WDVE. "The jurors, they used their power to speak", the spokesman said. She was an employee at his alma mater, Temple University, and they frequently interacted because of her work. If he had been convicted, Cosby would have faced up to 10 years in prison on each charge, and likely would have spent the rest of his life in prison.
"It was ridiculously creepy", McCloskey said on the radio station, according to Philly.com. Speaking in a calm and unemotional tone, Veronique Valliere, a psychologist, testified that sexual assault victims are frequently so traumatized that they can be confused about details. "'Probably' does not win criminal trials".