Cosby prosecutor fights release of juror names

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The mistrial isn't as conclusive a failure as the most widely feared outcome, a not-guilty verdict. The 2004 encounter at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia estate was the only one to result in criminal charges. Though the prosecution wanted to present testimony from 13 others who have said that the comedian drugged and/or violated them, the judge allowed the jury to hear from only one of them.

"I would have voted to convict", McCloskey told the morning hosts on WDVE, a station that broadcasts Pittsburgh Steelers games.

"Trust it, believe in it and I'm confident that if this case is retried, he'll be acquitted", he said.

McCloskey shared a picture of what appeared to be his juror tag in a recently deleted Facebook post.

-Jody Armour, professor at the University of southern California Gould School of Law, told the Associated Press.

Former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said Cosby's celebrity nearly certainly played a role in the jury's deliberations, perhaps to convince "two or three jurors that it's impossible to convict Dr. Huxtable, to convict Fat Albert. that he couldn't have done this awful thing".

The names remain shielded under a protective order that several news outlets have challenged.

However, the Montgomery County DA tweeted minutes after the announcement that they would pick a new jury and try again. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial in the Coby case Saturday when jurors, after deliberating for 52 hours, told him they were hopelessly deadlocked.

The jurors clearly struggled with their verdict, telling Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday they were at impasse. Andrea Constand accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his Cheltenham Twonship home in 2004.

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"She has to go through it all over again", McCloskey said of Constand. It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came. Occasionally, we pretend that history is a linear force that propels us, inevitably, toward more comprehensive justice, and that grotesque contradictions - such as the mistrial in the Cosby case - are brief, unfortunate glitches in the overall clockwork of progress. The defense had hoped, if it did, to introduce evidence she had previously dated a man.

Troiani acknowledged the difficulty of the case, given the passage of time and the impact of the alleged drugging on Constand's ability to recall details.

Callan said the $33.5 million awarded in the case reflected the jury's reaction to a double homicide and was larger than a potential award to someone who has civil claims against Cosby.

At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and MA. There is also the prospect of a fresh criminal trial in his home state of Pennsylvania.

This news organization does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

For more on Cosby, including stories about the trial, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial. Cosby's trial ended without a verdict after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.

Jurors were selected in Allegheny County because Cosby's attorneys argued that pretrial publicity would make it hard to find impartial jury candidates in Montgomery County, where Cosby lives.

Excoriated by the defense for charging Cosby in the first place, District Attorney Kevin Steele vowed to put him on trial a second time, saying accuser Andrea Constand supported the decision.

But the reputation of Cosby, known as America's Dad for his role on the television series, The Cosby Show, remains in tatters after a slew of sexual assault allegations from about 60 women.

Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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