Juror in Bill Cosby case says jury voted 10-2 to convict

Danny Woods
June 26, 2017

A juror has told U.S. media that two holdouts in comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial refused to convict the 78-year old.

Ten of 12 jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial wanted to convict the worldwide entertainer on two of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, according to ABC News.

The Pennsylvania judge who presided over Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is weighing whether to make public the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case. It's unknown what changed most of the jurors minds.

O'Neill, in his decision to release the jurors' names, cited a 2007 state Supreme Court decision indicating the media have a First Amendment right to the names of jurors.

"We never brought anything outside in", the juror explained.

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.

Prosecutor Kevin Steele opposed the motion, arguing in documents filed Monday that releasing them would result in a "publicity onslaught" that would have a "chilling effect" on finding jurors for a second trial.

The two holdouts against the guilty charges on counts one and three were "not moving, no matter what", the anonymous juror told ABC.

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Andrea Constand claimed Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, and denied wrongdoing in other accusations made against him.

Benedict Morelli, a trial attorney who represented Tracy Morgan in the case against Wal-Mart, told Business Insider that despite the court's best efforts, celebrity status often ends up influencing the outcome of such trials.

The Associated Press tried contacting jurors for comment Wednesday but wasn't immediately able to reach any of them. The juror even mentioned that it got "super heated" in the deliberation room, which was so cramped that they could not even pace.

The juror also revealed that the jury initially voted in a non-binding poll, to find Cosby not guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault. But he forbade jurors from talking about what other members of the jury said in the deliberating room or from revealing any votes cast in the case.

Courtroom sketches from Saturday, June 17, after a jury deadlock caused Judge O'Neill to declare a mistrial in the case against Bill Cosby.

Meanwhile, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald confirmed to Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that all costs to Allegheny County from the Cosby jury being selected here will be fully reimbursed by Montgomery County.

O'Neill plans to hold the retrial within four months.

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