Names of jurors in Bill Cosby case are released

In a statement read aloud after mistrial was announced, Cosby's wife of several decades, Camille Cosby, thanked the jurors.

The mistrial declared Saturday in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial underscores once again how hard it is to prove a sexual assault allegation, particularly against a powerful man like the iconic comic.

O'Neill advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn't need to discuss the case.

On those two charges, the juror alleged, the two holdouts who believed Cosby was not guilty were "not moving, no matter what".

The Montgomery County judge who presided over the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial released the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in their deliberations, but jurors will be limited in what they can speak about publicly.

The jury had been sequestered since the trial started June 5 in Norristown until the mistrial on Saturday, when they told Judge Steven O'Neill - for the second time that week - that they could not reach a verdict.

O'Neill said he would instruct each juror not to discuss anything their fellow jurors said or any votes for conviction or acquittal other jurors made during six days of deliberations.

News outlets will ask Judge Steven O'Neill at a hearing Tuesday afternoon to release the jurors' names. It's possible the jury for the Cosby retrial may also be selected here.

The guidelines from Judge Steven T. O'Neill seemed created to greatly limit what jurors could reveal in media interviews.

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Cosby, 79, had been charged in 2015 with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving Constand at his home in Pennsylvania. Lawyers for the news outlets argued the jurors played a critical role in the case and could be questioned about their personal views on the evidence they heard or about the sequestration and jury systems.

Ultimately, O'Neill stated, he was bound by a state Supreme Court decision stating that "the names of the jurors must be released".

Attorneys for both sides argued before the judge Tuesday over the issue of revealing who those Allegheny County jurors are.

In a tweet, Andrea Constand expressed gratitude for her supporters.

"The defense could argue, for example, that if the jurors had not been forced into a different, small cramped room, they could have come back with a not-guilty verdict". If not for court-sanctioned secrecy, his accusers might have known about each other and been more willing to come forward.

The defense could call Cosby, but that seems unlikely.

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 Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done. They deliberated more than 50 hours and still could not reach a verdict.

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