Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

"This jury seemed to take that very seriously and continued to work and look at evidence and try to make a determination but as they did before, they came back to the judge and said they were hopelessly deadlocked, the judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial". The Constand case is the only one that fell within the statutes of limitations, and Philadelphia District Attorney Kevin Steele was voracious in fighting to take down Cosby.

The mistrial isn't as conclusive a failure as the most widely feared outcome, a not-guilty verdict.

Montgomery County Judge Steve O'Neill agreed to keep jurors' identities under seal.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Publicist Andrew Wyatt raised a clenched fist as he led the legally blind Cosby out of the courthouse after the jury deadlocked Saturday, while cameras popped and his lead defense lawyer walked away.

Now, they'll have another shot at looking for even more inconsistency after she testified for two days about the 2004 night she says Cosby gave her pills and molested her at his Cheltenham home.

Cosby said in that decade-old testimony that he had given Constand a non-prescription allergy medication, Benadryl, to relax her because she said she was stressed.

Cosby's accuser Andrea Constant leaves the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

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Judge Steven O'Neill, who presided over the Cosby trial, has yet to rule on the release of the names. (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. But TV networks had long since scrapped plans for a comeback and pulled Cosby Show reruns from the air after his lurid deposition testimony became public.

Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial Saturday after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict following six days of deliberations.

He told Pittsburgh radio station WDVE that jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial, maintaining "complete silence".

Once the case was declared a mistrial, McCloskey said he felt "ridiculously sick". Because of pretrial publicity, jurors in the first trial were selected from the Pittsburgh area and bused 300 miles to suburban Philadelphia, where they were sequestered. The prosecution began with the 79-year-old entertainer's arrest on December 30, 2015. Cosby says it was consensual.

As an alternate juror, McCoskey listened to the six days of testimony with regular members of the panel, but was dismissed prior to deliberations.

Attorney Eli Segal of Pepper Hamilton LLP, representing the media organizations, argued that the names of jurors is of "extraordinary public importance" and that news outlets have a First Amendment right to it.

Comedian #Bill Cosby, once something of a societal paragon and role model, found that reputation irreversibly ruined by accusations that he had in the past years drugged several young women and sexually assaulted them, most prominently in the case involving former Temple University staffer #Andrea Constand way back in 2004.

Cosby remains free on $1 million bail over the three felony charges.

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