After Mistrial, Cosby Judge Could Opt to Reveal Juror Names

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. The judge declined to do so while the trial was going on, but indicated he would consider releasing the names after the trial.The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling the judge on Thursday they were at impasse. Cosby’s trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision. Prosecutors are trying to keep them a secret.”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.But it was Cosby’s reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand’s civil lawsuit against him. She also criticized the judge, the accuser’s lawyers and the media. At this point, it is unknown whether or not Judge O’Neill will protect the jurors’ identities or not.But one of his attorneys, Angela Agrusa, said that might change.”What were you split, how were you split, and what was the reason and what reason were you not able to resolve?” he listed as possible questions. Cosby has vehemently argued against the allegations against him, claiming that any sexual contact he had with any of his accusers was consensual.McCloskey, who said he did not want to be selected because he feared jury service would prevent him from watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games, said he and other alternates were segregated from the rest of the jury during deliberations.One of Bill Cosby’s accuser’s reacts at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. “It’s criminal”, countered Steele.According to O’Neill, the inconclusive end of the trial does not mean that neither of the two camps would receive vindication, as a new trial will be set in a few months.Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors’ names, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions.The court sequestered the jury, drawn from Allegheny County, and many jurors were obscured from the view of many in the courtroom by a large smartboard used for displaying evidence.Looking at Cosby, 79, I saw not good old Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show, but a man accused publicly by some 60 women across the decades. A police escort ensured a speedy trip and kept media at arm’s length.”It was complete silence”, Mike McCloskey, 43, told radio station WDVE-FM in a phone interview on Monday. It’s unclear how many jurors voted for conviction and how many wanted an acquittal.