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Juror says Cosby trial panel almost evenly split

Juror says Cosby trial panel almost evenly split”

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday released the names of the jurors who failed to reach a unanimous verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial but set strict limits on what they can tell the public about their unsuccessful deliberations.

"I think he broke his pinky knuckle", the jury said.

One of the jurors from Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial told Channel 11 News that they didn't find alleged victim Andrea Constand believable, and the jury was hopelessly deadlocked from the beginning. Prosecutors and defence lawyers had argued they should remain secret, saying releasing them would make it more hard to select a jury in Cosby's second trial.

Despite opposition from both the prosecution and defense, county Judge Steven T. O'Neill Wednesday released the names of the 12 jurors and six alternate jurors from Allegheny County who heard the Cosby case.

The judge declared a mistrial on Saturday.

Asked whether he thought Constand was believable, the juror said, "When you ask for help on your resume, on your resignation letter, which she did, and he, Mr. Cosby, invites her to his home and she arrives in a bare midriff with incense and bath salts, that's a question".

But - along with the prosecution and defense, who came together on a motion to suppress the names - he anxious that any discussion about how they voted could prejudice a new jury.

Dan Abrams, ABC News' chief legal affairs anchor, found it "astonishing" that the juror said so numerous jurors changed their vote from innocent to guilty, and said he's never heard of a similar situation in such a high-profile case.

Maybe next time the court will improve the conditions for jurors and get a concrete decision on the serious charges against Cosby. In one instance, the mother of an alternate juror said she chose to sit on the front porch of their Squirrel Hill home because she had received so many visits from reporters.

After the first deadlock "there was no budging and there was none from there on out", said the juror.

A member of the Bill Cosby sexual assault and drugging jury is speaking out about the Bill Cosby verdict, and it seems as though two jurors in particular were the reason a conviction could not be reached.

The jury was selected from the Pittsburgh area and spent two weeks sequestered 300 miles from home.

Judge O'Neill released the jurors' names after lawyers for news outlets argued they should be public to ensure transparency in the judicial process.

The jury deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberations and there was no movement after that, the juror said, adding that the tension was heightened by the size of the tiny deliberation room.

Pennsylvania's Supreme Court has ruled previously that, "The First Amendment provides a qualified right of access to jurors' names".

District Attorney Kevin Steele won election in November 2015 by defeating Bruce Castor, who was seeking to return to the office he once held.



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