Keep Cosby juror names under seal

Following the jurors’ declaration of a deadlock after six days of deliberations, Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case ended unsettled.Lawyer Dolores Troiani, who represented accuser Andrea Constand, walks outside the Montgomery County Courthouse after Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. Cosby’s trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.It would be reasonable, based on the evidence presented, for the jurors to agree that Cosby is a sexual predator and still disagree on a verdict as to the assault of Constand.An alternate juror on Bill Cosby’s drugging and sexual assault trial is giving a bit of insight into the drama that was going on behind closed doors. “I am eternally grateful for the messages I have received in recent days”, Andrea Constand said in a tweet Tuesday. Constand claims that, in 2004 when she was working for Temple University, Cosby invited her to his home, where he gave her pills that left her “immobilized” and unable to speak and then touched her breasts and genitals and placed her hand on his exposed genitals.After declaring a mistrial, the judge thanked jurors for their service and told them not to talk publicly about their deliberations, according to The New York Times. On Saturday, they came back and told O’Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked. Cosby, 79, said the encounter was consensual.”She’s a very spiritual woman, she believes things happen for a goal, and I think the objective should encourage other women to come forward and have their day in court”.Forty-three-year-old Mike McCloskey spoke to Pittsburgh radio station WDVE on Monday.”I don’t know why he wasn’t convicted”, McCloskey said of Cosby.Prosecutors in the sexual assault case against Mr. Cosby say they will pursue the proper legal steps towards retrying him.Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors’ names, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions. However, she said it’s a different story if additional women come forward with allegations against Cosby.Lawyer Eli Segal, arguing on behalf of the Philadelphia Media Network and other outlets, said jurors should be free to discuss their backgrounds, the sequestration process and their individual views, even if – under O’Neill’s order in the case – they do not disclose the jury split or other jurors’ comments.Cosby, the actor and comedian once known as “America’s Dad”, was charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.Tonight on Channel 11 News staring at 5, hear the arguments that swayed McCloskey against Cosby and why he’s happy the case will be retried. Judge Steven O’Neill called the Cosby case likely the largest undertaking by the county’s criminal justice system.