Names of jurors in Bill Cosby sexual assault case released
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 9:44
The jury member told ABC News on Monday that jurors initially voted overwhelmingly in a non-binding poll to find Cosby not guilty on all counts.
Even if they opted not to speak about the deliberations, the jurors could share their thoughts on such issues as the strength of the evidence or whether there should be a retrial.
Cosby, 79, had been charged in 2015 with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving Constand at his home in Pennsylvania.
Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny said the trial cost his department about $100,000 to provide security during the 11-day trial. Lynne M. Abraham, a former judge, said that it makes sense to ask the jurors to respect the privacy of the jury room but that it's not clear they can be ordered to keep quiet. His Cosby Show costar Phylicia Rashad told Showbiz 411 in 2015 that she never saw in her friend any of the behavior that his accusers say they experienced.
While she acknowledges that public setbacks like this one can have a "chilling effect", on survivors coming forward, "The more we take this crime out of the shadows and the "it doesn't happen here" mentality, the more survivors see themselves in those headlines and in those stories, and recognize that they have resources available to them".
"There was no budging" after the first deadlock, the juror added, "and there was none from there on out".
"I remind everyone that this is not vindication or victory", Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill said before dismissing the jury of seven men and five women, some who cried openly in the jury box. "I think he broke his pinky knuckle", the juror said.
Additionally, O'Connor says that RAINN is working to press states to reexamine their statute of limitation laws, which have become a key part of the conversation around the accusations against Bill.
Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Wednesday that the jurors' names should be made public.
The juror did not identify who the holdouts were.
She said the defense might make a push to admit Jackson this next time and would even consider putting Cosby on the stand. "They were just literally walking in circles where they were standing because they were losing their minds".
Throughout the trial, Judge O'Neill had been mindful of the jurors, who were chosen from Allegheny County, some 300 miles away, to avoid the influence of pretrial publicity.
"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.
Abrams believes that the conditions in which the jurors deliberated could allow the defense to file a motion seeking to avoid a retrial.