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Two Holdouts Prevented Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict, Juror Tells ABC

Prosecutors and Cosby’s lawyers opposed the release of the names, saying Tuesday that granting the press access to jurors’ identities would jeopardize the entertainer’s prospects at a retrial and expose jury members to potentially invasive hounding from the media. She first alleged in 2004 that Cosby drugged and raped her at his Pennsylvania home that same year.Though the jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the counts, District Attorney Kevin Steele has said that he plans to retry the case.The document states that a disclosure of anything said or done during deliberations “would have a chilling effect upon future jurors in this case and their ability to deliberate freely”.On the second count where the charge was for Constand being unconscious or unaware, the votes were 11 to 1 to exonerate while on the third count, which said Cosby drugged Constand without her knowledge, the votes were 10 to 2 in favor of a guilty verdict.The ruling said the names would be released after court officials contacted each of the jurors and notified them of the judge’s conditions.Jurors initially voted overwhelmingly to acquit Cosby on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, the juror said. Though Cosby did not take the stand, he said in a decade-old deposition that he gave Benadryl to Constand to “relax” her, and then the two had a consensual sexual encounter.”I’m innocent. I’m not going to plea to something I did not do”, Cosby said, during an exclusive interview with the NNPA Newswire.On Saturday, a mistrial was declared in Cosby’s sexual assault trial.A judge presiding over the sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby in Pennsylvania released the names Wednesday of the 12 jurors and six alternates from the comedian’s June mistrial. “Jurors shall not disclose arguments or comments made, or votes cast, by fellow jurors during deliberations” – which means the media will learn nothing if they track them down in their Pittsburgh-area homes. Never. Not once. If somebody would mention something, we would cut them off, ‘ they said.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.After the mistrial was declared, the prosecutor in the case nearly immediately announced plans to retry the case in as soon as three months.But Eli Segal of Pepper Hamilton LLP, who represented the media organizations, pointed to prosecutors’ and defense lawyers’ own words in arguing for the release of the names, including an extensive press conference Steele’s office organized after the mistrial decision Saturday and a scathing statement from Cosby’s wife, Camille, that a publicist read from the courthouse steps. They believe any comments jurors make to the media might also make it hard to find an unbiased jury pool.