Juror: Cosby panel was concerned about 'politics' of case

Danny Woods
June 26, 2017

The court emphasized that jurors are not allowed to disclose the opinions and thoughts of their fellow jurors, as well as any arguments or comments made, or votes cast, by fellow jurors during deliberations.

The juror who spoke to the AP said other jurors expressed the view in the deliberating room that "politics was involved".

The juror who spoke to ABC said emotions were high as deliberations wore on in a cramped back room.

On count 3, the allegation that Cosby gave Constand drugs without her knowledge led 10 jurors to vote guilty, but again, two holdouts voted not guilty.

One of the jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial told a reporter that the comedian had "already paid a price and suffered". "People couldn't even pace", said the juror.

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. "Not once. If somebody would mention something, we would cut them off". When it came to the count of whether Cosby had digitally penetrated Andrea Constand without her consent, the unidentified juror revealed that the vote was 10-2 finding him guilty.

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".

The juror recalled that at one point, one of the men punched a wall and may have broken his pinky knuckle.

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Constand met Cosby at Temple University, where she was director of operations for the women's basketball team and he was on the board of trustees.

One of those jurors spoke to ABC News on condition of anonymity after Judge Steven O'Neill ordered their names be released on Wednesday and gave a glimpse into what happened during those grueling hours.

The jury was initially deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberations, but the judge asked them to continue in hopes that they would reach a unanimous verdict. A family member of one of the jurors, Robert Dugan, answered the phone but said that he had "left for the night" and did not wish to speak after the long ordeal.

The juror declined to reveal whether he wanted to convict or acquit Cosby but left little doubt about how he felt.

"If we kept going, there was definitely going to be a fight", the juror explained.

After balancing the rights of all parties, the court chose to release the names, the document said.

The judge plans to hold Cosby's second trial in the next four months.

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

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