Juror says Cosby trial panel almost evenly split

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — After 52 hours of tense deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian, a juror told ABC News.

The jury room insights came less than a week after the trial judge declared a mistrial in Cosby's case, as jurors reported being hopelessly deadlocked over more than 50 hours of deliberations.

As for whether any of the accusations against Cosby, made by dozens of other women, ever factored in, the juror said, "Never". That means that ten jurors believed that Cosby digitally penetrated Andrea Constand without her consent. "Paid and suffered", the juror said.

But only one juror believed Cosby was guilty on the second count: That Cosby assaulted Constand while she was "unconscious" or while he knew she was "unaware that the penetration is occurring".

The juror also thinks that Cosby didn't act with premeditation, but took advantage of the situation. "They had fire sheriff's deputies at the door and they could hear us and they kept coming in because they thought we were already fighting". After 22 additional hours, the group came to the same deadlocked result. One male juror even punched a concrete wall in the jury room, according to the juror.

After requests from media outlets, including CNN, Judge Steven O'Neill chose to release the names, while keeping the jury deliberations confidential, according to a court document released Wednesday.

The drama surrounding the Bill Cosby trial is stirring tensed conversation after one of the jurors revealed what happened during their deliberations and why a mistrial was declared.

"This is neither a vindication or a victory for anybody", Judge O'Neill reminded lawyers on both sides of the case.

The juror declined to identify the holdouts or detail how any jury member voted, but said that jurors initially voted overwhelmingly in a non-binding poll to find Cosby not guilty on all counts.

"We will reevaluate and review our case and will retry it and move as soon as possible", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said, according to Fox News.

The juror who spoke to the AP questioned the long delay in bringing charges against the TV star, suggesting that "no new evidence from '05 to now has showed up, no stained clothing, no smoking gun, nothing".

Both prosecutors and defence lawyers had urged O'Neill not to disclose the jurors' names, arguing that news coverage of their deliberations could have an effect potential jurors for the retrial, making it more hard to find an unbiased panel. Lansdale Attorney Marc Steinberg says, this could make the process hard in picking a second jury.

  • Salvatore Jensen