2 holdouts prevented Bill Cosby conviction, says juror

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The judge who presided over Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial on Wednesday ordered the public release of the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case but warned them not to divulge what other jurors said during deliberations.

The juror also spoke out about the climate in the small deliberation room, and said tension was at an all time high.

The juror, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the jury couldn't reach a consensus after deadlocking at 10-2 to convict Cosby on the first and third felony counts and 11-1 to acquit on the second count.

The juror who spoke to ABC said that two jury members were "not moving, no matter what" on the first and third counts of aggravated sexual assault, alleging Cosby lacked consent when he penetrated Ms Constand's genitals with his fingers and that he gave her an intoxicant that substantially impaired her and stopped her from resisting. Only one of the jurors thought he was guilty on the second count.

Another juror told ABC News that jurors voted 10-2 to convict Cosby on two counts.

"There was no budging", the juror said, describing a process in which the 12-person panel deliberated for 53 hours over six days before the judge called a mistrial.

Constand, now 44, initially went to police about a year after she said Cosby assaulted her, but a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

At one point, a male juror even punched a concrete wall, possibly breaking his pinky knuckle, the juror said.

CNN has tried to reach most of the jurors but has not gotten responses from them.

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District Attorney Kevin Steele has already said he'll retry Cosby, and O'Neill said he wants that to happen within four months.

"People would just start crying out of nowhere, we wouldn't even be talking about [the case] and people would just start crying."
In one instance, the mother of an alternate juror said she chose to sit on the front porch of their Squirrel Hill home because she had received so many visits from reporters. Prosecutors used Cosby's deposition as evidence at the criminal trial.

Dan Abrams, ABC News' chief legal affairs anchor, found it "astonishing" that the juror said so numerous jurors changed their vote from innocent to guilty, and said he's never heard of a similar situation in such a high-profile case.

A Montgomery County judge ruled Wednesday that the names of jurors from Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial must be released.

The jury, which was chosen from Allegheny County, was instructed by the judge not to discuss deliberations.

DiLucente says he has no concerns that jurors being interviewed could affect Cosby getting a fair trial in the future.

The names were released to the public after the court contacted the jurors and gave them instructions.

After balancing the rights of all parties, the court made a decision to release the names, the document said.

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