Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

Gianna Constand testified that Cosby described himself as a "sick old man" during a phone call with her, but refused to disclose what pills he'd given her daughter.

It was the only criminal case to arise from allegations raised by more than 60 women that cast Cosby - who's been married for more than 50 years - as a serial predator who gave drugs to women before violating them.

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said that he will retry Cosby for the charges.

Jewel Allison, a New York-based artist, poet and activist who has said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, hugged Constand in the courtroom after the mistrial announcement.

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. "Bill Cosby's rape case", said Armour, who teaches at the University of South California.

Prosecutors in the sexual assault case against Mr. Cosby say they will pursue the proper legal steps towards retrying him.

But Allred vowed to keep fighting for justice for his accusers. O'Neill kept the jurors names under seal. He said he had hoped to learn more about the deliberations on Saturday, when all of the jurors, including the alternates, left Norristown together for the ride back to western Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Media Network, PennLive and other news organizations filed a motion in Montgomery County Court earlier this month asking the judge to make public the names of the juries.




Prosecutors are fighting to keep the jurors' identities a secret, arguing in court documents Monday that releasing them would result in a "publicity onslaught" and make picking a jury for the second trial more hard.

One alternate juror, Mike McCloskey, 43, posted a picture of his jury badge on social media and spoke briefly with WDVE-FM in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, the judge in charge declared a mistrial and said the actor in question would be tried again. The prosecution began with the 79-year-old entertainer's arrest on December 30, 2015.

But McMonagle and Agrusa argued Cosby was the victim of false accusations and that the entertainer and Constand had a "romantic relationship" and consensual sexual contact during the 2004 incident.

It's possible the next jury could be selected in another county so as not to place too heavy of a burden on Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, said Dennis McAndrews, a former Philadelphia-area prosecutor.

As an alternate, he heard all the testimony but didn't participate in deliberations. After two days of looking into the case, however, the jurors failed to come up with a unanimous verdict on the case.

O'Neill may have concern that naming them publicly could lead to another spate of stories on what led to the jury room logjam, further affecting potential jurors' thoughts on the case.

Cosby himself didn't comment, remaining stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, but his spokesman Andrew Wyatt declared the star's "power is back". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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