On Saturday, Judge Steven O'Niell of Norristown, Pennsylvania declared a mistrial in the trial of USA actor Bill Cosby for sexual assault because the jury had become deadlocked, unable to arrive at a unanimous guilty or not guilty verdict.
Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sex assault case have asked the judge not to release the names of the men and women who served on the jury.
It's possible the next jury could be selected in another county so as not to place too heavy of a burden on Allegheny County, where Pittsburgh is located, said Dennis McAndrews, a former Philadelphia-area prosecutor. She also testified that it's not unusual for assault victims to maintain contact with their attackers, an insight that seemed to directly rebut defence suggestions that more than 50 phone calls Constand, now 44, made to Cosby after the alleged assault were proof that she was lying about the alleged attack.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said he intends to retry Cosby on three charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did, however, advise them that speaking publicly about the case could cause problems in the case of a new trial, which prosecutors have vowed is coming. After months of preparation and over a week of testimony, the Bill Cosby trial ended in a mistrial. The juror's names haven't been made public and the split on the vote hasn't been disclosed, shrouding the case in mystery.
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"It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken", said McCloskey, 43. Cosby has vehemently argued against the allegations against him, claiming that any sexual contact he had with any of his accusers was consensual.
O'Neill advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn't need to discuss the case. Asked why the media could not approach the jurors, he shrugged his shoulders and drove off.
"It can never be clearer that if you speak up, you could be chilling the justice system in the future if jurors are needed in this case."As Fox News reports, jury alternate Mike McCloskey told the local media that he felt "ridiculously sick" about the lack of verdict in the case. Still, it's frustrating to see jurors succumb to ambiguity in this particular case when, to the general observer, so many women have indicted Cosby with revolting clarity in the court of public opinion. They say that releasing the names of the jurors could make it more hard to select an impartial jury in the next trial.
"You always find people who just don't pay that much attention to the news or are able to set aside what they've heard", said McAndrews, who successfully prosecuted John E. du Pont, the chemical fortune heir, for murder.
Cosby also is battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and MA. Several of the women who had accused him of rape were in attendance at his trial.