Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

Posted June 28, 2017

After the trial, Camille Cosby issued a blistering statement that was read outside the courtroom after Montgomery County District Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial. Media organizations including The Associated Press are seeking the identities of the jurors, and prosecutors are trying to keep them a secret.

The jury deadlocked on charges that Cosby drugged and molested a woman in 2004, resulting in a mistrial for the 79-year-old TV star.

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, remained calm but appeared exhausted as the mistrial was declared.

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District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to put "America's Dad" on trial a second time, saying Constand supported the decision. He said the encounter was consensual.

"She has to go through it all over again", he said. Andrea Constand of Toronto has claimed that, during a visit to his home in 2004, Cosby gave her pills which incapacitated her. Most of his alleged victims were young and unknown - an aspiring actress of 19, a secretary at a talent agency, a 21-year-old working for a film producer - no match in a he-said, she-said battle with Cosby.

The search for jurors without any feelings on the case will only be more hard given the intense coverage of the first trial. Cosby's trial ended after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.

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A mistrial was declared Saturday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked.

He said of the six alternate jurors: "I would say we would have voted to convict". However, his reputation had been tarnished over the years as nearly 60 women have come forward and accused him of sexual assault. A hearing on whether to release juror's names will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Norristown. Occasionally, we pretend that history is a linear force that propels us, inevitably, toward more comprehensive justice, and that grotesque contradictions - such as the mistrial in the Cosby case - are brief, unfortunate glitches in the overall clockwork of progress. The mistrial in Cosby's case came only a day after a Minnesota jury acquitted police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges stemming from the shooting death of Philando Castile at a traffic stop on July 6, 2016.

"She's a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a objective, and I think the goal is ... it should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court". Because of pretrial publicity, jurors in the first trial were selected from the Pittsburgh area and bused 300 miles to suburban Philadelphia, where they were sequestered.

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