Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Juror says Cosby trial panel almost evenly split

Juror says Cosby trial panel almost evenly split

After some 30 hours of deliberations, the jury informed the judge that it was deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict required in criminal cases.

A juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial says the panel was nearly evenly split in its deliberations.

In 2015, Cosby was charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault over Constand's claim that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. Despite his opposition to the ruling, Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele, who will retry Bill Cosby says, he will not appeal the Judge's decision to release the names of the jury. It is also likely, a lawyer for Cosby told The Times this week, to file various motions seeking to stop a retrial.

Despite the extraordinary pressure inside the jury room, the juror said, the experience ultimately brought the group of seven men and five women closer together - and that most jurors now speak to each other by text and phone regularly.

"I think he broke his pinky knuckle", the juror said.

But Judge Steven O'Neill also ordered the jurors to not publicly discuss the deliberations that led to Saturday's mistrial, the New York Times reported.

The case, which led to dozens of women coming forward with similar accusations of being given drugs and then assaulted, led to a sharp divide between those who chose to believe the victims and Cosby supporters.

"When you ask for help on your resume, on your resignation letter, which she did, and he, Mr. Cosby, invites her to his home and she arrives in a bare midriff with incense and bath salts, that's a question", said the juror, appearing to lump several meetings between Cosby and Constand into one.

Revelations from inside the deliberation room are shedding new light on what exactly happened to deadlock 12 jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial earlier this month.

Another juror told ABC News that jurors voted 10-2 to convict Cosby on two counts. He said the panel was typically more evenly split. "Jurors shall not disclose arguments or comments made, or votes cast, by fellow jurors during deliberations".

The judge cited the media's First Amendment rights and Supreme Court precedent in ordering the release of the names.

According to the juror, the two holdout members were "not moving, no matter what". Prosecutors and defense lawyers had argued they should remain secret, saying releasing them would make it more hard to select a jury in Cosby's second trial.

DiLucente says he has no concerns that jurors being interviewed could affect Cosby getting a fair trial in the future.

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