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Cosby jurors names to be released, judge rules


After requests from several media outlets, including CNN, Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill chose to release the names, while keeping the jury deliberations confidential, according to a court document released Wednesday.

The prosecution filed a memorandum opposing the release of the names, saying it "could have a chilling effect on future jurors and could impair both parties' right to a fair and impartial trial". "They played a critical role in this case", said Eli Segal, an attorney representing some of the media outlets. "If somebody would mention something, we would cut them off".

Before discharging them Saturday, O'Neill advised jurors that they were free to talk about the case in public if they chose to do so but urged them not to reveal any details of the jury-room debate.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges.

"There is no apparent reason to subject Cosby to cross-examination in this case, which would likely be harmful to his cause and portray him in an even more negative light than his own prior damning words", explained former Pennsylvania prosecutor Dennis McAndrews.

"We had a hard time deciding where to go for dinner", he said. "Just because they have signed up to do their civic duty in this case should not necessarily impose a lot of media upon them". The defense team later joined the request to deny the release of names. Hundreds of journalists descended on the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown for the trial.

The initial jury was selected from the Pittsburgh area and spent two weeks sequestered 300 miles from home.

Also Tuesday, the woman whose police complaint led to the trial thanked supporters. "I am eternally grateful for the messages I have received in recent days", Andrea Constand said in a tweet Tuesday.


One of the six alternate jurors, who sat through the trial but did not participate in deliberations, spoke out Monday and said he would have convicted Cosby. "She's just looking for justice", he added of Constand.

The Philadelphia Media Network has been leading the charge to identify the jurors since Cosby's trial kicked off on June 5.

The Associated Press has tried to contact jurors for comment but hasn't spoken speak to any of them.

An earlier story appears below.

Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Wednesday that the identities should be released of the jurors who deadlocked in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.

O'Neill warned jurors not to divulge what fellow jurors said during deliberations.

O'Neill has kept the names private since jury selection in Pittsburgh last month, where he assured jurors that he would work to protect their privacy.

In court papers Steele argued the media seeks to ask the discharged jurors questions about information that the judge has already deemed confidential, such as discussions that occurred in the jury deliberation room. O'Neill pushed them to try to find a verdict, but on the sixth day a mistrial was declared.

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