Hearing scheduled on release of Cosby jury names

Posted June 20, 2017

The sexual assault trial regarding critically renowned comedian Bill Cosby and accusers has finally reached a decision-or at least a temporary one.

Accuser Andrea Constand (r.) walks along a hallway during deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial. None of the jurors commented after the trial ended and they headed home to the Pittsburgh area, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the courthouse outside Philadelphia.

Sixty women have accused comedian Bill Cosby of rape, assault, and other sexual violence.

A retrial would be costly, Allred said, and she worries that further dragging out Cosby's prosecution might push it out of the realm of public concern.

District Attorney Kevin Steele could ask the judge to let more of Cosby's 60 accusers testify or disclose to jurors that accuser Andrea Constand is gay.

In addition to bracing himself for a new criminal trial, Cosby is also battling civil cases, accusing him of sexual battery or defamation.

District Attorney Kevin Steele said immediately that he would seek a retrial. (Per Pennsylvania law, he has 120 days to do so.) It's important to note that Cosby is 79 years old, and that numerous accusations of sexual misconduct that 60 women have aired against him date back to the mid-1960s - the start of Cosby's comedy career.

Cosby, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, did not take the stand during the weeklong trial, though excerpts from his 2005 and 2006 depositions about his relationship with Constand were read aloud. They say that releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial.

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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. He spoke Monday to WDVE, the radio station that broadcasts the Pittsburgh Steelers games.

"I was ridiculously sick", when he found out about the mistrial. On Saturday morning, all jurors agreed that there was "hopeless deadlock that can not be resolved on further deliberations", BuzzFeed News reported. Prosecutors plan to retry the 79-year-old star on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. At the time, Constand worked at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University.

"It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken", McCloskey said. As an alternate juror, McCoskey listened to the six days of testimony with regular members of the panel, but was dismissed prior to deliberations.

The juror names remain shielded from the public under a protective order that several news outlets have challenged.

No one from Cosby's real or TV families was in court Saturday when the case ended in a mistrial.

Cosby was charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a woman's allegations that he drugged and violated her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

"What I would say to all of Mr. Cosby's fans and some of the folks on the other side of this, we have a wonderful criminal justice system in this country", McMonagle said on ABC's "Good Morning America".

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.