Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors

Andrew Wyatt raises his fist as Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. In that decision, O'Neill blocked testimony during the trial by all but one of 13 women whom prosecutors identified as past victims and wanted to call as witnesses to establish a pattern of conduct by Cosby.

Prosecutors are fighting to keep the jurors' identities a secret, arguing in court documents Monday that releasing them would result in a "publicity onslaught" and make picking a jury for Cosby's planned retrial more hard.

Lawyers for several media outlets argued at a hearing Tuesday that jurors' names should nearly always be public to ensure transparency in the judicial process.

Prior to releasing the jurors, O'Neill strongly recommended that they keep the details of their deliberations secret.

O'Neill, who has already had the case for almost two years, sounded skeptical. Steele vowed to retry the case in the coming months. However, his reputation had been tarnished over the years as nearly 60 women have come forward and accused him of sexual assault. "I feel bad for all of you, I really do".

"Criticism is a possibility in every case", wrote Segal.

He reminded prosecutors and the defense that "a mistrial is neither vindication nor victory for anybody". Judge Steven O'Neill advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday outside Philadelphia that they need not discuss the case. Media organizations urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process".

Concerns about the case's visibility had already prompted O'Neill to import jurors for the first trial from Pittsburgh, around 300 miles (480 km) from the courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

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"They came here and deliberated long and hard over days, 52 hours of deliberations".

Also Tuesday, the woman whose police complaint led to the trial thanked supporters.

Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017. "I am eternally grateful for the messages I have received in recent days", Andrea Constand tweeted early Tuesday morning. In that time, the district attorney will attempt to bring in some of the 50 other women accusing Mr. Cosby of sexual assault to publicly testify in open court.

"I don't know why he wasn't convicted", McCloskey said of Cosby. Constand claims that, in 2004 when she was working for Temple University, Cosby invited her to his home, where he gave her pills that left her "immobilized" and unable to speak and then touched her breasts and genitals and placed her hand on his exposed genitals.

He acknowledged that the public has a right to jurors names in most cases - "Armed with such knowledge, the public can confirm the impartiality of the jury, which acts as an additional check upon the prosecutorial and judicial process,"Steele wrote - but argued that in this case, the rights of all parties to a fair trial could be prejudiced by the release of names". If not for court-sanctioned secrecy, his accusers might have known about each other and been more willing to come forward.

Jurors can reveal they were on the jury.

"My opinion continues to be that Ms. Constand was probably the victim of a sexual assault", said Castor, whom Constand is suing for defamation.

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