Hearing scheduled on release of Cosby jury names

Hearing scheduled on release of Cosby jury names

Hearing scheduled on release of Cosby jury names

Judge Steven O'Neill leaves the courtroom following his decision in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Camille Cosby had harsh words for the judge, prosecutor and media.

Bill Cosby's trial for alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004 ended in a mistrial Saturday due to a hung jury.

In early June, media organizations - including Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY - filed a motion to gain access to the names of the discharged jurors, citing First Amendment rights to this information.

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.

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An alternate juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case says he "probably" would have voted to convict. Several of them attended the criminal trial with their layers.

Gloria Allred, a legal advocate who counts many Cosby's witnesses among her clients, publicly delivered a message to the performer.

"It was ridiculously creepy", McCloskey said.

Chloe Goins, a former model who claims Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, is also suing the comedian on sexual battery and other claims.

He told Pittsburgh radio station WDVE that jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial, maintaining "complete silence".

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It has become increasingly common for judges to keep juror names secret during high-profile trials, though not after the case has ended, said Paula Hannaford-Agor, who studies juries for the nonprofit National Center for State Courts. McCloskey said he was particularly impressed to testimony of Gianna Constand, the mother of Cosby's main accuser, Andrea Constand. "We came here looking for an acquittal but like that Rolling Stones song says, 'You don't always get what you want, sometimes you get what you need", McMonagle said as he stood under the portico of the courthouse with Cosby.

Bill Cosby remains free on bail after a Pennsylvania jury on Saturday convinced the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked, but the district attorney took the unusual step of immediately announcing that a new trial date would be set.

Under questioning from her lawyer, Cosby acknowledged that he had obtained several prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s for the objective of offering the powerful sedative to women he wanted to have sex with. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse.

Neither Cosby nor his team would address the district attorney's statement that he would seek another trial in this case.

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The prosecution also said they will revisit their petition to have 13 of the more than 50 Cosby accusers testify in the retrial. Prosecutors vowed to retry him, and O'Neill said he would hear the case within four months.

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