The mistrial declared Saturday in Bill Cosby'ssexual assault trial underscores once again how hard it is to prove a sexual assault allegation, particularly against a powerful man like the iconic comic.
The jurors for the trial were selected in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and taken to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where they were sequestered for the 12 days of trial and deliberations. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a.
Two holdout jurors prevented comedian Bill Cosby from being found guilty on two of three counts in his sexual assault trial and deliberations were so tense that jurors burst into tears, a jury member told ABC News in a report on Wednesday, June 21.
"Jurors shall not disclose anything said or done in the jury room by any of their fellow jurors that may indicate his or her thoughts or opinions", O'Neill wrote.
Cosby's prosecutors argued in court filings that "the release of the names of the jurors from the recent mistrial. may make the parties' ability to select a (new) fair and impartial jury more hard".
Accuser Andrea Constand walks in a hallway during the fifth day of deliberations in Cosby's Friday sexual assault trial. O'Neill plans to hold the retrial within four months.
A juror broke the silence after the verdict by telling ABC News 10 of the jurors believed Cosby digitally penetrated Andrea Constand without her consent, and also believed he drugged her. Even the news media all but shrugged when Tamara Green, a lawyer, went on NBC's Today in 2005 and accused Cosby of drugging, undressing and groping her in the 1970s.
The jurors contacted by BuzzFeed News either did not respond, or declined to comment Wednesday.
"It's a civics lesson for all of us", said Segal, who was joined in court by Paul J. Safier, a lawyer representing additional media outlets who joined in the request to release the jurors' identities. The judge had sealed the juror names immediately after their selection and through the trial. Cosby, who faced up to 30 years in jail, has insisted that the encounter with Constand was consensual.
"It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken", Mike McCloskey, 43, told radio station WDVE-FM in a phone interview.
In court papers Steele argued the media seeks to ask the discharged jurors questions about information that the judge has already deemed confidential, such as discussions that occurred in the jury deliberation room.
Without more details from jurors, it may be impossible to determine why the jury was unable to come to a consensus despite 52 hours of deliberations, longer than the trial itself.
"It can never be clearer that if you speak up, you could be chilling the justice system in the future if jurors are needed in this case", O'Neill told them. They are interested in finding out how close the jury came to reaching a verdict.
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